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“THE AWAKENING” is a 100-foot statue of a giant embedded in the earth, struggling to free himself. It was created by J. Seward Johnson, Jr. and originally installed at Hains Point (East Potomac Park), Washington, D.C. in 1980 for the International Sculpture Conference Exhibition.

The statue consists of five separate pieces buried in the ground, giving the impression of a panicked giant trying to pull himself to the surface. The left hand and right foot barely protrude, while the bent left leg and knee jut into the air. The 17-foot right arm and hand climb above the observer while the bearded face, with the mouth in mid-scream, struggles to emerge from the surrounding earth.

Although its National Park Service “temporary permit” had long expired, the statue proved so popular that it remained for 27 years at the southern end of Hains Point, across the Potomac River from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. At times, the Potomac River flooded the statue.

The Awakening at the National Harbor In 2007, the National Park Service announced that the sculpture would be moved to the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just outside the District of Columbia, after the artist, Johnson, sold the statue for $750,000.00.
The sculpture was excavated and removed from Hains Point on February 20, 2008 and is now installed at National Harbor in Maryland.

For more information, please go to THE AWAKENING

Van’s XTreme Photography
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Van Coleman
Photographer resides in the beautiful foothills of northeastern Kentucky.
Winner of multiple awards, including a prestigious International award for her work, “Mammatus.”
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  • WhartonWizard
    WhartonWizardover 6 years ago

    Scrummy !!

  • Thanks so much WhartonWizard!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • WhartonWizard
    WhartonWizardover 6 years ago

    P.S. The info was Top Shelf !!

  • Thanks again Wharton!!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 6 years ago

    Hi Van…
    you might want to check out a grp TOWN GIANTS for this shot as well. just a note for you….

  • Thank you so much Ruth!! I will go over and check out this new group, “Town Giants!” It sounds like THE PERFECT GROUP FOR THIS ONE!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • mikej
    mikejover 6 years ago

    Wow! what a great composition, Looks like some beavers built a nest in his mouth there…lol
    Scary yet interesting to look at.

  • Thank you for your wonderful comments Mike!!
    This GIANT has a mouth full of leaves..lol..!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Cheryl Dunning
    Cheryl Dunningover 6 years ago

    wow..thats so cool!

  • Thank you so much Cheryl!! I am glad you like “The Awakening!!
    I took this photo while this “GIANT” was located at Hines Point, the entry park into Washington, D.C.!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 6 years ago


  • Thanks Luda!! It is quite an impressionable “GIANT” as it appears to be waking up and rising out of the earth!!

    – Van Coleman

  • salsbells69
    salsbells69over 6 years ago

    ironic isnt it! I voted for this image in the challenge..about two days ago! It was my favourite pic. You have just commented on mine! Small world!! :)) thankyou :D

  • It is very ironic indeed!! I will have to keep a close eye on your photos:)
    Thanks Salsbells69!! And yes, it is a very small world!! THANK YOU sweetie for voting for this GIANT!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Gili Orr
    Gili Orrover 6 years ago

    Wow, so expressive…

  • Thanks so much for commenting Gili!! You really should
    see this “GIANT” in person as it is amazing!!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Donna Adamski
    Donna Adamskiover 6 years ago

    This is truly a giant…great capture and history :)

  • Thanks so much Orphie!!
    I also have other pictures of “The Awakening” which shows the rest of his body coming out of the ground. It is an amazing piece of sculpture, and definitely a GIANT!!xxxx

    – Van Coleman

  • Joanne Byron
    Joanne Byronover 6 years ago

    Now THIS is a GIANT !!!!!!
    A great, clear image – impressive :)

  • Thank you Envirojo!!
    Soon I will upload the other images I have of “The Awakening,” in which you can see his body trying to come up from the earth he is buried in.
    It is an amazing “GIANT,” and I encourage everyone to visit this masterpiece, which is now located at National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just outside the District of Columbia.

    – Van Coleman

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