From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com
If you’ve noticed a blank space at 1200 U Street NW, you are not alone.
This past week, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) removed the iconic G. Byron Peck mural of Duke Ellington on the True Reformer building.
The artwork, originally installed in 1997 and then moved to its current location in 2004, is painted on cement panels. Over the years, these panels have worn down from elemental decay – a condition DCCAH and ARTEX are currently working to resolve.
“The Duke Ellington mural is an iconic artwork in Washington,” said Lionell Thomas, executive director at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “Over the years, this mural has become a symbol for the U Street community. We are working diligently to insure that the mural is returned to the community in its original condition.”
The restoration project is expected to take about one year.
Imagine walking down Connecticut Avenue, just south of Dupont Circle, and enjoying four blocks of luscious green space filled with flowers, tress, bushes and… art installations.
That image is just what the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (GTBID) hope to achieve through their “Lighting Connecticut Avenue” contest.
Interested artists should have experience in public art and/or exterior lighting design; the total budget for the commissioned project is $190,000. The deadline for the application is Friday, June 22 at 5 pm; the winning artist will be announced on Friday, June 27.
The two organizations are currently in the process of installing four blocks of a new, wide median along the downtown section of Connecticut Avenue from K Street to Jefferson Place NW. To accessorize this median, the groups are seeking a local artist or art team to design and install a permanent light installation that will sit amongst the greenery and gardens.
Artists: Draw on your Capital-inspiration. Submissions should engage the public and create a unique and dynamic interpretation of the Connecticut Avenue/Golden Triangle space.
The light installation (which will have access to electrical power at each block in the median) must be secure, durable and weather resistant. Furthermore, artists must provide an effective strategy for programming the lighting for various seasonal events.
Details and applications are available online.