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  • Staff Photo: the Smithsonian Sunburst

    On the morning of July 1, 2010, nearly 4,000 Smithsonian Institution staff members, interns, fellows, and retirees came together to form the Smithsonian "Sunburst," the symbol of the Institution. The resulting photograph, captured on the National Mall, is thought to be the only staff portrait ever attempted in the 164-year history of the Smithsonian.

    This alternate angle, filmed from the tower of the Smithsonian "Castle," the Institution's original structure, was created from a series of time-lapse photographs played at a speed 9,000 percent faster than normal.

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