Friday, April 27, 2012

Goodbye DOI

Today is one of those bittersweet days that I'm sure I'll come to know well in my FS career. Saying goodbye to a job and group of people that I really love, while at the same time anticipating the great things that come next.

For the past 2.5 years I've had the privilege of working at the Department of the Interior in the Policy Office, learning, growing, and really enjoying every day. I realize that it's a rare thing to wake up each morning and look forward to going to work, so it took a big opportunity to pull me away from my great colleagues and the inspiring work. Being my last day, I took the opportunity to do one last wander around the gorgeous building where I've worked, reminding myself of why I was drawn to DOI in the first place. I absolutely believe in the mission of this Department and hope that in my new career I can be an advocate for National Parks, species, ecosystems, and all the public resources that make this country so great (USA! USA!).

I absolutely love the art work at the Interior Headquarters building, and I'm definitely going to miss working in such an inspirational place. I've shared some of my favorite vantage points below, but I encourage DC visitors to think about taking a DOI Public Mural Tour, which includes some amazing Ansel Adams prints along with an impressive collection of murals commissioned during the Great Depression through the Works Progress Administration Artists Project. The official online tour is here.

The murals right next to my office, including a beautiful painting of Mt. Hood.
Historic murals from the WPA Artists program inspired employees during the Great Depression.
Art Deco staircase - one of the beautiful architectural features of Main Interior. 
Glimpses of Ansel Adams Yellowstone shots from the staircase.
My favorite mural - "Construction of a Dam" by William Gropper. Controversial for it's communist tones. 

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