Albert Einstein Memorial, Washington DC

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The Albert Einstein Memorial is a monumental bronze statue depicting Albert Einstein seated with manuscript papers in hand by sculptor Robert Berks. It is located in central Washington, D.C., United States, in a grove of trees at the southwest corner of the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences at 2101 Constitution Avenue N.W., near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The memorial, situated in an elm and holly grove in the southwest corner of the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences, was unveiled at the Academy's annual meeting, April 22, 1979, in honor of the centennial of Einstein's birth. At the dedication ceremony, physicist John Archibald Wheeler described the statue as "a monument to the man who united space and time into space-time...a remembrance of the man who taught us...that the universe does not go on from everlasting to everlasting, but begins with a bang." The memorial is a popular spot for tourists visiting the national mall to pose for pictures.
The statue depicts Einstein seated in casual repose on a three-step bench of Mount Airy (North Carolina) white granite. The bronze figure weighs approximately 4 tons and is 12 feet in height. The monument is supported by three caissons, totaling 135 tons, sunk in bedrock to a depth of 23 to 25 feet., It was cast at Modern Art Foundry, Astoria Queens, NY.
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  • It's shaded, so nice respite in the heat of summer. It's next to Constitution Ave, so some traffic, but it's far enough off the road to be contemplative. It seems to be made of welded-together pennies...  more »
  • Even by driving past the statue is easily recognised, even by young children. Located at the side of the mall close to Lincoln Memorial watch out for it when on the circulator bus.  more »
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  • The Albert Einstein Memorial contains a nice statue with quotes on the back. Formulas and astronomical information add to its appeal. A plaque near the memorial provides some nice details about it. The memorial is locating on Constitution Avenue, and if you’re walking from the Lincoln Memorial toward Constitution Avenue, it’s a relatively short walk. During my visit, I saw some kids enjoying climbing on it for a photo. If you’re in the area, the memorial is well worth taking a few minutes or several minutes to visit.
  • The statue honoring Albert Einstein is very well done. It was a wonderful experience to see such a great likeness of the scientific genius and hero of mine. From all the photos I've seen of him, this is a true to life image, all most like he would rise up and walk the streets of Washington DC. Beautiful memorial.
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