DC’s Historic Hidden Statues

    Published: 06-16-2009
    Views: 16,046
    Historical Washington DC is well know for its monuments but hidden statues scattered around the city tell their own story about significant events and artistic movements from the last 100 years.

    Male Speaker: DC's got secrets; secret statues, these little known gems are a surefire way to impress your local friends or your relatives from out of town. First up on our list is the Awakening. An incredible sculpture and styled in 1980, originally located in Hains Point, now relocated to the National Harbor. The sculpture consists of five aluminum pieces buried in the ground which gives the impression of a giant struggling to free himself.

    Matt L.

    : I think it's a great location, a budding location, a beautiful location. I really like this statue; I don't think it should be kept as secret, it's great. It's got this giant coming out of the ground, kids are playing on it, it's very accessible.

    Male Speaker: A second cast of Awakening resides in Chesterfield, Missouri, unlike the original, 70 feet long and over 17 feet tall.

    Second on our list is the Titanic Memorial, located on P Street in Southwest DC. This statue overlooks the stunning Washington Waterfront. It was constructed in 1931 to honor the men gave their lives to save the women and children aboard the Titanic. The 13-foot figure stands tall with his arms out stretched and his eyes towards the sky.

    Our next statue is entitled Man Controlling Trade and is actually two statues on both sides of the Federal Trade Commission Building, located on 6th Street in Pennsylvania Avenue. Michael Lantz designed these sculptures in the art deco style in 1938. In each, a muscular man holds a rearing stallion, symbolizing the enormity of trade and the government's role as enforcer. The sculptures have become the agency's informal logo.

    Our final secret statue is the Boy Scout Memorial, located in President's Park near the White House. This is one of the few statues in Washington celebrating a current organization. It sits on the side of the first Boy Scout jamboree in 1937 and was unveiled 30 years later. The statue displays three figures; a man, a woman, and a boy scout leading away. Next time you are in DC and looking to go off the beat path, keep an eye out for these mysterious statues, you won't be disappointed.