"Awakening" Reaction

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!"

By Terri Rupar  |  February 21, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  | Category:  Hospitality
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it is too bad this debate did not happen prior to the purchase of The Awakening

a person can not be blamed for purchasing something that has been put up for sale

guess all we have to hope for is now is an fantastic alignment of the planets to ignite life into this steel man so he can pull himself out of his new sandy home and leap into the potomac
where he could swim up stream back to where he belongs

that is not going to happen

what have we learned?

appreciate things while they are here
pay attention to the plans that are being made around you
get involved in what is important to you

actions are more easily stopped than reversed

a bicycle blog which drifted away from the bicycle for the last week to experience and document the final days of THE AWAKENING at Hains Point

I too will miss this statue at Hains Point
but I do not blame a developer for his actions or his vision

Posted by: gwadzilla | February 21, 2008 7:37 PM

It just depresses me because I goofed around that statue as a kid/tourist, and now that I live here, it always brought back happy memories. Now it's just part of some big resort that's probably going to be too expensive for a kid like I was to ever stay at.

Posted by: PastIsPrologue | February 22, 2008 12:54 AM

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