I recently walked the perimeter of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC as a reminder of the subtle and not so subtle ways the building’s architecture emphasizes NARA’s mission.
The National Archives Building was designed as a temple to American history. The four monumental statues placed at the entrances to the building reflect its mission.
The message of the “Past” statue, designed by Robert Aitken and chiseled by the Piccirilli Brothers, reinforces the importance of learning our history.
I invite you to watch the video of my walk:
For more information about the National Archives statues, visit: https://prologue.blogs.archives.gov/2018/05/22/the-national-archives-larger-than-life-statues