D.C. Giant to Be Unearthed Next Week for New Digs

After nearly 28 years at Hains Point,
After nearly 28 years at Hains Point, "The Awakening" is moving to Maryland. (By Larry Morris -- The Washington Post)
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Washington's massive, quirky public sculpture "The Awakening," depicting a bearded giant appearing to crawl out of the earth, will be dug up Wednesday and moved from its home at Hains Point, the National Park Service announced last night.

J. Seward Johnson's creation, which has been at the site at East Potomac Park since June 1980, will be moved to Prince George's County. During the excavation, the area will be closed for safety reasons, Park Service spokesman Bill Line said.

The five-piece, cast aluminum sculpture stands 17 feet tall at its highest point and is 70 feet across. It has been a popular attraction for tourists and locals, Line said.

"The Awakening" had been on loan to the Park Service, which manages East Potomac Park. The owner, California-based Sculpture Foundation, sold the work last spring to the developer of the National Harbor project in Prince George's, and it is to be placed there.

-- Michael E. Ruane

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