DC -- Downtown -- Planet Word -- Exhibit: Word Worlds:
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Description of Pictures: Word Worlds
Paint with words! Dip your brush into verdant, surreal, or luminous and thrill as you transform the room around you with color, sound, and motion.
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WORDWW_201112_18.JPG: Word Worlds
Setting the scene
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Wikipedia Description: Planet Word
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Planet Word is a language arts museum that opened in Washington, D.C., in October 2020. The museum is described as "The museum where language comes to life" and features exhibits dedicated to topics such as the history of the English Language, how children learn words, and how music and advertising use words. It is located in Franklin Square at the historic Franklin School.
The museum was created by Ann B. Friedman, a philanthropist and former reading teacher who is married to New York Times opinion columnist Tom Friedman. It occupies the historic Franklin School building, designed by Adolf Cluss, and located on Franklin Square at 13th and K Street.
Speaking Willow, an interactive, motion-detecting tree sculpture is an exhibit created by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer that whispers to visitors in hundreds of different languages as they enter the museum. Other notable exhibits within the museum include First Words, Where Do Words Come From?, and The Spoken Word.
While being constructed in 2019, construction was ordered to stop for illegally removing historic elements. Work resumed two months later after an agreement to reinstall the interiors.
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2019_DC_Planet_Word: DC -- Downtown -- Planet Word (925 13th St. NW in Franklin School) (2 photos from 2019)
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2020 photos: Well, that was a year, wasn't it? The COVID-19 pandemic cut off most events here in DC after March 11. The farthest distance I traveled after that was about 40 miles. Trump's handling of the pandemic was a series of disastrous missteps and lies, encouraging his minions to not wear masks and dramatically increasing infections and deaths here. As the chant goes -- Hey, hey, POTUS-A; how many folks did you kill today? The BLM protests started in June, made all the worse by the child president's inability to have any empathy for anyone other than himself. Then of course he tried to steal the election in November. What a year!
Number of photos taken this year: about 246,000, the fewest number of photos I had taken in any year since 2007.