functional sculpture

hirshhorn museum and sculpture garden was established after latvian entrepreneur, financier and art collector joseph hirshhorn.

he donated his extensive modern art collections as an appreciation to the united states and its people in honor of immigrants who arrived to the country. 


the museum building was designed by mit-trained architect gordon bunshaft to serve as “a large piece of functional sculpture.” it is surfaced with precast concrete aggregate made from “swenson” pink granite.

the structure is an elevated cylinder open in the center, resting on massive pylons and floating over a four acre sculpture garden. curved galleries give visitors an expansive view to survey the building and its visionary exhibition of painting and sculpture. 

interior walls opening onto the inner courtyard that focuses attention on a central fountain feature large windows, while the exterior facade has only one large opening facing the national mall.

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photos & text: kemal yılmaz

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