When my Indonesian friend, Belinda, told me that we’d gonna visit the National Harbor in Maryland, she never mentioned anything about a sculpture. So when we arrived at the harbor, I was surprised to see one — even more surprised to realize that it wasn’t just an ordinary standing work of art, but a huge sculpture emerging from the sand. Yes, a giant awakening from the sand. No wonder it is called The Awakening Sculpture.

Taking a photo of the whole structure without anyone anywhere beside it, is close to impossible. The man-made beach was busy with kids playing all over, and every part of the structure had people hanging around it.

There are actually five parts sticking up from the ground: a hand, a bent knee/leg, a head, a foot, an arm.

The massive hand.


The arm, head, and hand.


The foot and the bent knee/leg.



At The National Harbor, you can have a picture perfect view of the bridge over the Potomac to Alexandria.

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The waterfront area has a marina as well as an outdoor area for shows and entertainment.


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The National Harbor is a great place to stroll with so many good places to eat in every bend.


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The amount of things to do is limited but since the National Harbor is just a 25-minute drive from D.C., this place is worth a stop.

The Awakening Sculpture at the National Harbor
Address: National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20744
Phone Number: +1 301-203-4170

Note: There are plenty of inexpensive paid parking options in the area.

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