Anita Huslin's post Wednesday on the moving of the sculpture "The Awakening" from Hains Point to the National Harbor development in Prince George's County drew plenty of comments. (You can also check out her full story of the move, with lots of photos and a video here.)
Most expressed disappointment, like "Chad," who said, "I am sad to see it leave DC. This is one of the first things I show out of town visitors."
There was also debate over whether Milton Peterson, the developer of the National Harbor project, was doing the area a favor or a disservice. "Drew" wrote, "It takes a very certain level of arrogance to find a piece of public art beloved by a community, purchase it without input, and ship it away to a glorified shopping mall."
But "Rana" disagreed, writing that Peterson preserved the sculpture for the Washington area. "I'm certain we'll get to enjoy it as much if not a bit more," the poster wrote. (Peterson bought the sculpture for about $750,000; it didn't belong to the District or the National Park Service.)
And some readers told others to chill.
"It'd be one thing if it was being destroyed or moved 1000 miles away. But 4 miles downstream. Wow, people, wow. Get over yourselves!" wrote "Roberto."
But still, many agreed with "crazy dude," who simply wrote, "BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
February 21, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
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