We weren’t quite sure about Aitken’s 360 degree projections on the bland exterior of the museum. The word on his other projects was enthusiastic, even spectacular. But Washington is always a tough audience.
But we are in love with “Song 1” and are grateful it is staying around until May 20, a week longer than originally planned.
Standing on the National Mall with the lights shining on the monuments and museums can make you forget daily problems. Aitken’s work adds the magic of graceful singers and a great song. The projection is a number of people singing “I Only Have Eyes for You.” On one Friday night onlookers stood in vantage spots and appeared mesmerized by this unusual concert. Groups and couples found a welcome diversion from the day’s work. The art became a destination.