Family Circle (House)

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Family Circle
ArtistHerbert House
Year1991 (1991)
Dimensions152.4 cm × 91.44 cm × 60.96 cm (60.0 in × 36.00 in × 24.00 in)
LocationWashington, D.C.
Coordinates38°55′37.33″N 77°2′28.88″W / 38.9270361°N 77.0413556°W / 38.9270361; -77.0413556
OwnerDC Artworks

Family Circle is a public artwork by the American artist Herbert House, located at 2300 6th Street NW on the Howard University campus in Washington, D.C., United States. Family Circle was surveyed as part of the Smithsonian's Save Outdoor Sculpture! survey in 1994.[1]


Four nude figures of a male, female and two children dance in a circle. The figures are highly polished steel and have no facial features, feet or hands. The dancing figures are on top of a red circular tilted platform.[1]

Herbert House[edit]

Herbert House graduated from Illinois State University. He has been credited with creating over 500 works. House resides in Chicago, Illinois. His work is seen in the collections of Illinois State and numerous private collections.[2]


This sculpture was surveyed in 1994 for its condition and it was described as "well maintained".[1] In 2017, the sculpture was vandalized when two of the figures were torn off the platform.[3] In 2018, the piece was fixed and back on display.[4]


  1. ^ a b c SOS! (1993). "Family Circle (sculpture)". Save Outdoor Sculpture. Smithsonian. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Gallery of Artwork". Art on Campus. Illinois State University. 2004. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Fantastic Sculpture at 18th and Harvard Severely Damaged Overnight". PoPville. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Perspective | Shiny figures are dancing once again in an Adams Morgan park". Washington Post. Retrieved 7 January 2020.

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