Abstract Sculptures of DC: A Bridge Across and Beyond

The large sculpture is one of many on Howard University's campus.

Howard University hosts a number of impressive art installations throughout its campus, but this abstract sculpture by Richard Hunt stands out at over 75 feet long. Made from bronze, the sculpture consists of two large pieces on either end that represent two hands meant to be reaching out toward each other. The sculpture was donated by John S. DeBrew, Jr. in honor of his mother in 1978.

The sculpture resides outside of the Armour J. Blackburn University Center Building, which serves as a multipurpose building for students, faculty and staff, and alumni. Hunt also has two additional sculptures installed on campus titled Freedmen’s Column and Symbiosis. Hunt has been considered one of the most influential African American sculptors of the 20th century, and his work is seen in galleries throughout the United States.

This site is a stop on the Abstract Sculptures of DC tour.



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