The Hirshhorn Museum is all about curves. In this case, the curves are countered by the waning moon.

The Hirshhorn Museum is all about curves. The only straight lines are the columns holding everything up. There’s also a water feature that has some straight lines in it. But everything else curves. The result is a dynamic, fluid view. The eye skips from one place to the next. The museum focuses on modern art. Thus, the fitting use of sweeping lines rather than the more formal and neoclassical stylings of the National Gallery of Art across the National Mall.

Here, the moon is barely present. It’s the small white dot in the vast blue sky. It was a waning crescent that mirrors the shape of the building.



James Smith

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