Washington Monument Scaffolding
The 500 ton aluminum scaffolding and just under 500 electric lamps now being removed from the Washington Monument signal the conclusion of a two-year project to repair damages resulting from the 2011 earthquake.
The blue scrim and lighting, included to dress up the construction while emphasizing the stone pattern on the obelisk's exterior have provided a beautiful and unique way to become re-acquainted with the aesthetic and allure of the 555-foot structure both during daylight and at night.
The scaffolding was designed by architect Michael Graves for a 1999 renovation and due to cost efficiency and a previously well-received design, the same scaffolding was used for the 2013 repairs. David Rubenstein, founder of the private equity firm The Carlyle Group, generously donated half of the 2013 project's $15 million cost.
I think it was money well-spent, evidenced by the request from Bill Peduto, mayor of Pittsburgh, during a recent meeting with President Obama, when he asked The President if he could take the scaffolding when they were finished so he could have it erected along the Allegheny passageway, a trail that stretches from Pittsburgh to Washington.
Sometimes a modern band must release a new version of an old song to give the young and myopic audiences of today a new path through an old looking glass. Even while having a little work done, the Monument can still flaunt its modern skin for locals and tourists alike, always patiently posing for new fans amongst the instagram paparazzi.