You know the drill…
The image has not been cropped, but it has been very heavily post-processed to enhance the bas-relief. When I saw it for the very first time today, I initially didn’t know what it was or what it depicted… but when I read the plaque on the reverse side, it slowly came back to me and I’ve since discovered that it has some interesting history.
What is it?
And given how Tillerman wins these things so quickly, that’s all I’m giving you guys — for now — until somebody cries Uncle.
Now that Peter and Doc have correctly guessed the object — the Cuban Friendship Urn — which includes a very stylized depiction of the sinking of the USS Maine, I’ll post the rest of the images I took of it. Given how unique this memorial is, I felt I couldn’t reveal any details about it without giving the contest away.
It’s a beautiful little monument (I love the bas-relief on it, which is what initially caught my eye), but it’s in a less than ideal place in East Potomac Park, right next to the parking lot. I suspect most people don’t know it exists and/or don’t give it a second glance as they pass by it.
The image below was taken a few feet away from the Cuban Friendship Urn; there had been an accident — perhaps someone falling asleep while they were driving — on the deck of Rochambeau Bridge above the parking lot (click on the photo below to enlarge it and you may just be able to spot a small bit of black debris between the third and fourth stanchions to the left of the light post on the bridge) and the force of the impact had showered debris down upon the ground. Glad I wasn’t there when it happened, as the hood would have decapitated a pedestrian. By the time I returned to the car a few hours later, all the debris was gone.