Honeymoon Motel

Copied Darryl Abraham, Honeymoon Motel, 1973, mixed media: wood, plaster and waterbase paint on paper, 12 7823 3413 58 in. (32.660.334.5 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1975.22

Artwork Details

Honeymoon Motel
Not on view
12 7823 3413 58 in. (32.660.334.5 cm)
Credit Line
Museum purchase
Mediums Description
mixed media: wood, plaster and waterbase paint on paper
  • Exterior
  • Figure male — full length
  • Architecture Exterior — commercial — hotel
Object Number

Artwork Description

Darryl Abraham based Honeymoon Motel on a motel near Niagara Falls, which has long been known as the honeymoon capital of the world. The artist first saw the building during a road trip with his father along Route 15 in upstate New York. Years later, Abraham remembered the motel, which has since closed down, and created this sculpture to symbolize what can happen to a marriage when the excitement of the honeymoon is over. The crumbling slates and ramshackle railings offer newlyweds a wry warning of the dangers of neglecting their relationship.

Luce Object Quote
"Honeymoon Motel . . . was colorful, intriguing, inviting and robust and it seemed appropriate to memorialize its sense of promise in a piece of art." Letter from the artist, 2004