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 shows the oculus.

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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.  

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The Contemplative Court and water sculpture were designed by Davis Brody Bond of the Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smith Group JJR team.

Sculpture Saturday is a challenge hosted by Susan Kelly at No Fixed Plans.

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