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Malcolm X Park

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Looking up towards the top of the fountain, the bigger picture becomes visible, allowing a view of much of the fountain.  Looking up towards the top of the fountain, the bigger picture becomes visible, allowing a view of much of the fountain.

Looking up towards the top of the fountain, the bigger picture becomes visible, allowing a view of much of the fountain.

Looking up towards the top of the fountain, the bigger picture becomes visible, allowing a view of much of the fountain.


While I was working on the lower level, a small girl kept running back and forth across the sidewalk past the top of the fountain.  It must be a full-time job keeping up with her.  While I was working on the lower level, a small girl kept running back and forth across the sidewalk past the top of the fountain.  It must be a full-time job keeping up with her.

While I was working on the lower level, a small girl kept running back and forth across the sidewalk past the top of the fountain.  It must be a full-time job keeping up with her.


The girl from above, as well as the two older boys she was with, take a moment to look down at the upper tiers of the fountain.

The girl from above, as well as the two older boys she was with, take a moment to look down at the upper tiers of the fountain.


Towards the bottom of the fountain, the sidewalks turn away from the cascade and go around the bottom pool.  Just beyond where the sidewalks turn, fountains shoot water upwards.

Towards the bottom of the fountain, the sidewalks turn away from the cascade and go around the bottom pool.  Just beyond where the sidewalks turn, fountains shoot water upwards.


On the side walls near the bottom, classical figures spout water from their mouths into the main fountain.

On the side walls near the bottom, classical figures spout water from their mouths into the main fountain.


From the bottom of the fountain, the full majesty of its design can be seen, as water falls twice as far to the bottom pool.  From the bottom of the fountain, the full majesty of its design can be seen, as water falls twice as far to the bottom pool.

From the bottom of the fountain, the full majesty of its design can be seen, as water falls twice as far to the bottom pool.

From the bottom of the fountain, the full majesty of its design can be seen, as water falls twice as far to the bottom pool.


The bottom pool of the fountain is huge - a fitting end to the fountain.

The bottom pool of the fountain is huge – a fitting end to the fountain.


In niches on either side of the fountain, a figure stands watch.

In niches on either side of the fountain, a figure stands watch.


 


Beyond the bottom tier of the long cascade fountain is a reflecting pool, where jets of water shoot a foot or so up into the air.

Beyond the bottom tier of the long cascade fountain is a reflecting pool, where jets of water shoot a foot or so up into the air.

Beyond the bottom tier of the long cascade fountain is a reflecting pool, where jets of water shoot a foot or so up into the air.


A statue of Dante Alighieri stands dressed in classical attire on the east side of the park.  A statue of Dante Alighieri stands dressed in classical attire on the east side of the park.  A statue of Dante Alighieri stands dressed in classical attire on the east side of the park.

A statue of Dante Alighieri stands dressed in classical attire on the east side of the park.


South of the statue of Dante is a memorial to our fifteenth president, James Buchanan, with the statue of Buchanan flanked by classical figures.  South of the statue of Dante is a memorial to our fifteenth president, James Buchanan, with the statue of Buchanan flanked by classical figures.  South of the statue of Dante is a memorial to our fifteenth president, James Buchanan, with the statue of Buchanan flanked by classical figures.

South of the statue of Dante is a memorial to our fifteenth president, James Buchanan, with the statue of Buchanan flanked by classical figures.

Next to the female figure at left, the inscribed text provides the dates of his presidency in Roman numerals, while the inscribed text next to the male figure at right reads, "The incorruptible statesman whose walk was upon the mountain ranges of the law."  Next to the female figure at left, the inscribed text provides the dates of his presidency in Roman numerals, while the inscribed text next to the male figure at right reads, "The incorruptible statesman whose walk was upon the mountain ranges of the law."

Next to the female figure at left, the inscribed text provides the dates of his presidency in Roman numerals, while the inscribed text next to the male figure at right reads, “The incorruptible statesman whose walk was upon the mountain ranges of the law.”


At the very bottom of the park is a small retaining wall containing planters.  This, however, is not the wall defining the boundary of the park.

At the very bottom of the park is a small retaining wall containing planters.  This, however, is not the wall defining the boundary of the park.


On signage at entrances to the park, the "Meridian Hill Park" name is used, as it is the official name, with no mention of the "Malcolm X Park" name.

On signage at entrances to the park, the “Meridian Hill Park” name is used, as it is the official name, with no mention of the “Malcolm X Park” name.


In keeping with the "Meridian Hill" concept (Thomas Jefferson had hoped that 16th Street in Washington, one of four "Washington meridians", would become the global Prime Meridian), a number of compasses are set into the sidewalks.

In keeping with the “Meridian Hill” concept (Thomas Jefferson had hoped that 16th Street in Washington, one of four “Washington meridians“, would become the global Prime Meridian), a number of compasses are set into the sidewalks.


And finally, at the very bottom of the park, the outside of the retaining wall and the planters contained on top of it can be seen.

And finally, at the very bottom of the park, the outside of the retaining wall and the planters contained on top of it can be seen.

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