TOP-O-MIND

A TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP GREETS GUESTS UPON AR­RIVAL AT THE MGM NA­TIONAL HAR­BOR.

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The MGM Na­tional Har­bor opened to great fan­fare this win­ter, with the re­sort boast­ing a Ve­gas-wor­thy casino, an in­tensely packed lineup of en­ter­tain­ment in its sta­teof-the-art the­ater, and world­class restau­rants helmed by lo­cal chefs. But be­yond the glitz and glam­our and good eats, more DC love brews in the form of lo­cally sourced art dis­played through­out the prop­erty. One of the big­gest works—lit­er­ally—in the

$1.5 bil­lion space is Mar­garet Boozer’s 21-by-33-foot topographical map of the sur­round­ing Po­tomac River area, cre­ated from Boozer’s medium of choice: earth (hence the name of her stu­dio, Red Dirt Stu­dios, in Prince Ge­orge’s County).

The stun­ning sculp­ture, made of 10,000 pounds of soil from the re­sort’s con­struc­tion site, greets vis­i­tors in the ho­tel lobby. Check in and check it out! 7100 Oxon Hill Road,

Oxon Hill, 844-346-4664; mgm­na­tion­al­har­bor.com

Break­ing new ground: Lo­cal artist Mar­garet Boozer’s topographical map of the Po­tomac and Na­tional Har­bor hangs over the re­cep­tion area of the new MGM Na­tional Har­bor. It uses clay from the con­struc­tion site of the re­cently opened re­sort.

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