Surviving Inauguration, as my city virtually shut down and as we move forward with a new President, I thought it might be worthwhile to post about some of the buildings near the site of this event, particularly the Library of Congress, the “largest repository” and safeguarding keeper of our literary and many artistic works of wisdom and expression. We had a friend visiting from California for work and for the Inauguration, so we took our own long neglected trip (as local residents) into the city over the weekend (before the crowds arrived) to tour the Congressional Buildings, Capitol and Library of Congress. Granted my husband works “on the hill” so he’s here often, but it’s been many years since I’ve been to visit some of our Nation’s greatest buildings. Fortunately, on one of the coldest days of this year we were able to stay mostly inside by navigating a series of internal and underground tunnels to go from one building to the next. The new Capitol Visitor Center is a wonderful space and makes one think, why wasn’t it done sooner. It was a parking lot before but now this space is very welcoming and practical. Everyone can wait inside too.
I wish I could describe in detail the Library of Congress’ beautiful murals, but there’s so much to see. Here’s the virtual tour of the Great Hall but it’s best to see in person. Every single space is either painted or covered in mosaics with rich symbolism. We didn’t have time for the ongoing interactive exhibits but we’ll definitely go back. Here’s my previous post on the Library of Congress and Federal Building Art, and here’s where you can plan your personalize your visit (myLOC.gov) with your own “passport to knowledge” that you can take with you each time you visit.
The Library of Congress is where all the copyrights are kept — including my visuals and multitudes of artists. We recently went through this filing process for casart coverings, my new company.