MD -- Rockville -- Public Art: Spirit of Freedom (by Muriel Castanis):
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Description of Subject Matter: Spirit of Freedom
This is a bronze figure mounted on a pedestal that appears to be natural sandstone [Viewed at 20X magnification the light brown stone appears to consist of fine grained quartz particles with no binder]. The sculpture is in a clearing near a closed entrance to the Montgomery County District Court (Gray Courthouse) on S. Washington Street. Folds of fabric cover an absent female figure that is suggested by the drapery, with hollow spaces visible where the head and body would be. The figure has a dark patina on its smooth interior and green wax on the rough corduroy- type texture of the outer drapery. Under the green wax there is a light and mid-brown variegated patina on the bronze that appears to have a paint component.
Date created: 1992
Associated artists: Muriel Castanis
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2012 photos: Equipment this year: My mainstays were the Fuji S100fs, Nikon D7000, and the new Fuji X-S1. I also used an underwater Fuji XP50 and a Nikon D600. The first three cameras all broke this year and had to be repaired.
Trips this year:
three Civil War Trust conferences (Shepherdstown, WV, Richmond, VA, and Williamsburg, VA),
a week-long family reunion cruise of the Caribbean,
another week-long family reunion in the Wisconsin Dells (with lots of in-transit time in Ohio and Indiana), and
my 7th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including side trips to Zion, Bryce, the Grand Canyon, etc).
Ego strokes: I had a picture of Miss DC, Ashley Boalch, published in the Washington Post. I had a photograph of the George Segal San Francisco Holocaust memorial used as the cover of Quebec Francais (issue 165). Not being able to read French, I'm not entirely sure what the article is about but, hey! And I guess what could be considered to be a positive thing, my site is now established enough that spammers have noticed it and I had to block 17,000 file description postings for Viagra and whatever else..
Number of photos taken this year: just below 410,000.
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