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HMSG sculpture airlifted back to garden, by Tinsley, Jeff, 1981, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 2002-32261.

September 14, 1981

The Hirshhorn Museum officially reopens its Sculpture Garden after renovation to provide access for disabled visitors. The redesign is accomplished by Lester Collins, a Washington-based landscape architect, and includes graded ramps along the north border of the garden to give disabled visitors access to the major viewing level. A third ramp is built to provide access to the lower level, and pathways are resurfaced in brick to make it wheelchair accessible.More

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