Sculpture Saturday this week presents the water sculpture in the Contemplative Court of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.. I visited for the first time in November 2016 with family after interring my father at the Arlington National Cemetery columbarium.
The Contemplative Court is a pleasing blend between sculpture and architecture. The sculpture is the centerpiece of the room. It consists of a circular waterfall that descends from an oculus skylight in the ceiling. The waterfall is complimented by the reflective copper and glass walls. This photo from smithsonianmag.com shows the oculus.
The museum explores everything from the horrors of slavery, segregation, and racism to triumphs in the arts, science and politics. The Contemplative Court provides a relaxing place where visitors can take a break. The sight and sound of the water fall creates a noisy but soothing white noise that promotes contemplation of the thoughts and emotions provoked by the exhibits.
The Contemplative Court and water sculpture were designed by Davis Brody Bond of the Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smith Group JJR team.