The Awakening (sculpture)

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Coordinates: 38°47′6″N 77°1′1″W / 38.78500°N 77.01694°W / 38.78500; -77.01694

The Awakening in its former site at Hains Point

The Awakening (1980) is a 70-foot (21 m) statue of a giant embedded in the earth, struggling to free himself, located at National Harbor in Prince George's County, Maryland, USA, just outside the District of Columbia. It was created by J. Seward Johnson, Jr. and originally installed at Hains Point, Washington, D.C..[1]


The statue consists of five separate aluminum pieces buried in the ground, giving the impression of a distressed giant attempting to free himself from the ground. The left hand and right foot barely protrude, while the bent left leg and knee jut into the air. The 17-foot (5.2 m) high right arm and hand reach farther out of the ground. The bearded face, with the mouth in mid-scream, struggles to emerge from the earth. There is also a copy of the same statue just west of the Chesterfield Mall in West St Louis, MO at 38.651607, -90.571067.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "The Awakening, (sculpture)". Art Inventories Catalog. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 

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