Temporary Road Barrier Turned Sculpture

These photographs were taken on Monday, October 3, 2016 at  9:17 AM.

The location was in Downtown Washington DC at a location that has had some very serious money spent on redevelopment.

The "Take It!" came from my being able to spend more fresh time in doing my schedule of locations to visit on Monday's after having had the day before for other endeavors.  

These Barriers have always been eye candy for me as they are constructed from Stainless Steel and have a look of complete permanence about them.  They were built to last.  

The thing that threw the lot of them into the candacy for being sculptures was the key hole at the base of each of them. What fun it must have been for the designer to call for that shape to be a part of the specifications. The craft persons that took on the actual making of the items may have looked upon the task of making this part of them quite differently, lol. No matter, the frame of minds involved, I think they are minor masterpieces that I believe will stand the test of time for many years.  As they age I hope they gather the occasional admirer such as myself, and the constant appreciation of those who are actually called upon to make use of them. A quality encounter is in store for everyone.

The After Take: Thanks for indulging me in this little gesture of attribution for work well done.

Monday's continue to be a very special day for me to revel in having some fresh time to be able to initially observe and many times, go back to, and look more closely at something seen on an earlier occasion. If I do not make a photo catch on this day, I almost certainly will on Tuesday when I have a reduced schedule and more time for downtown.  

I look forward to the continuance of the sharing of all of these things, be they big or small, via the magic of photography and this great means of passing it along.

Wishing you the very best,


PS: Some day, I hope to be lucky enough to happen upon this site when the barriers are being temporarily taken up, so that I can have a look at the key that unlocks this stately piece of functionality. You can be assured I will do everything I can to get a photo of this very important but separated part of the sculpture.  

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Comments: 9
  • #1

    Sally (Saturday, 11 February 2017 14:16)

    Lol one of our kids asked if it needs a key to lower once I told her what it was.

  • #2

    Jim (Saturday, 11 February 2017 14:18)

    Those things are the bane of my existence. I used to drive the city we lived in 20 years ago and those would pop up here and there along my route.

  • #3

    TreeHugger (Saturday, 11 February 2017 14:21)

    Most people hate their Monday's, glad you love em!

  • #4

    SF1967 (Saturday, 11 February 2017 14:27)

    A close friend of mine helped build the first computer system that controlled those barriers.

  • #5

    Teri (Saturday, 11 February 2017 14:33)

    Oh boy, some of your pictures just take me back to my trips to DC.

  • #6

    thatoneguy (Saturday, 11 February 2017 14:34)

    ugh i hate those things

  • #7

    Jeff (Saturday, 11 February 2017 14:39)

    Hey Whutzzat! Long time no see!! Looking forward to checking out the past couple months worth of pics you guys got. Glad to see you're still at it. Love your site!

  • #8

    MHampy (Saturday, 11 February 2017 14:40)

    I have never seen those before, how cool is that? Sure beats cones!

  • #9

    bruce (Saturday, 11 February 2017 17:42)

    Jim: " bane " is such a good strong word - thanks for using it

    TreeHugger - to one who has almost lost his life on numerous occasions, each day is a gift and a joy - may yours be the same

    SF1967 - wow - you have a creative and brainy friend

    Jeff - great to see you, you may wish to go to the home section and sign up for this in news letter format - it is easier - enjoy.

    M Hampy - I completeley agree. I now am on the look out for more of this kind of artful cone replacement. One more fun muse.