Archive for June, 2007

DC islands: trouble in Potomac Park

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Washington DC’s largest island, the artificial mass known as Potomac Park, is suffering at both ends. The Awakening's hand

At the south end, at Hains Point, The Awakening, a huge metal sculpture of a giant rising from the earth, has been sold and will be taken away. Washington’s islands will lose one of their most interesting sights.

At the north tip, the Post now reports that parts of the Jefferson Memorial are suffering from subsidence, as areas of the complex sink into the mud that underlies the entire construction. (The island was built up about a century ago out of the Potomac.)