by Borderstan.com July 26, 2010 at 9:40 am 1,023 0

Road Tattoo

The Road Tattoo runs along the 800 block of Vermont Avenue NW,between H and I Streets. (Luis Gomez Photos)

A contingent of volunteer workers completed artist Steed Taylor‘s Road Tattoo on the 800 block of Vermont Avenue NW yesterday–before the late afternoon thunderstorm hit.

The Tattoo honors DC-area soldiers who have died in recent wars and the names of five children of local soldiers were incorporated into the design. There was a brief dedication ceremony in mid-afternoon attended by mothers of three solders. The Veteran’s Affairs Department is on the east side of the street.

The group included as many as 20 volunteers at various times on Saturday and Sunday; installation work was halted on Saturday afternoon due to the extreme heat. Taylor and gallery plan b on 14th Street NW worked with the District Department of Transportation to plan and implement the street art. This project was originally planned for 14th Street NW between Q and Church Streets.

According to Paula Amt, owner of gallery plan b,  regular high-gloss latex paint is used. The asphalt paving material soaks up the paint and Taylor’s Road Tattoos can last up to three years.

Examples and photographs of Taylor’s exhibit were on exhibit at gallery plan, which is on 14th Street between Church and Q Streets.

by Borderstan.com July 24, 2010 at 7:24 pm 1,027 0

Steed Taylor Road Tattoo gallery plan b Luis Gomez Photos

About 20 volunteers helped get the Road Tattoo project underway on Saturday on the 800 block of Vermont Avenue NW, just north of The White House. Volunteers are needed at 7 am Sunday to finish it. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Saturday Evening Update: More volunteers are needed on Sunday, July 25, to finish the “Road Tattoo” public art project that is being installed on the 800 block of Vermont Avenue NW (just north of The White House by the McPherson Square Metro stop). The project is the child of artist Steed Taylor and he is working with 14th Street’s gallery plan b and volunteers to install it. Please arrive at 7 am.

About 20 volunteers helped with the Road Tattoo project today, but the extreme heat limited the number of working hours. As a result, they need to do a big final push on Sunday in order to complete the project. The District Department of Transportation approved the project and are on site as well. The organizers have tents and water on site.

The original post about the project, with more details, is below. Taylor’s exhibit at gallery plan b runs through Sunday. You can email Taylor at [email protected]

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Be part of local art history by helping install a unique piece of public artwork next weekend. Gallery plan b is looking for volunteers for July 24 and 25 to help install public artwork by artist Steed Taylor. The unique road tattoo will be installed on the 800 block of Vermont Avenue NW,  just  north of the White House. It will honor DC-area soldiers who have died in recent wars by incorporating their children’s names in the artwork.

Taylor’s work is currently on display at gallery plan b, 1530 14th Street NW, through Sunday, July 25 (“Portrait of a Road Tattoo” at gallery plan b).

If you’re interested in taking a hands on approach to learning how public art is made and want to help with the installation of Taylor’s Vermont Avenue road tattoo, here is the information from the gallery.

  • When: Saturday, July 24, and/or Sunday, July 25; 7 am to 6 pm on both days.
  • Where: 800 block of Vermont Avenue NW, between H and I Streets. The McPherson Metro stop (Vermont Avenue Exit) is at the installation site and parking is nearby.
  • What: A commitment to 2 or more hours.
  • Details: Wear old clothes because you’ll be painting. Use lots of sun block and sun protection; it’s summer in DC! Water and snacks are provided.
  • How to Volunteer: Email gallery plan b and provide them with a phone number so they can schedule your time. Let them know when you would like to help–Saturday or Sunday, or both… morning or afternoon. For more information, contact gallery plan b at [email protected] or 202-234-2711; or Steed Taylor at [email protected]

by Borderstan.com July 16, 2010 at 12:01 am 1,532 0

Steed Taylor Road Tattoo gallery plan b Luis Gomez Photos

At gallery plan b: Steed Taylor with a photo of one of his road tattoos. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Be part of local art history by helping install a unique piece of public artwork next weekend. Gallery plan b is looking for volunteers for July 24 and 25 to help install public artwork by artist Steed Taylor. The unique road tattoo will be installed on the 800 block of Vermont Avenue NW,  just  north of the White House. It will honor DC-area soldiers who have died in recent wars by incorporating their children’s names in the artwork.

Taylor’s work is currently on display at gallery plan b, 1530 14th Street NW, through Sunday, July 25 (“Portrait of a Road Tattoo” at gallery plan b).

If you’re interested in taking a hands on approach to learning how public art is made and want to help with the installation of Taylor’s Vermont Avenue road tattoo, here is the information from the gallery.

  • When: Saturday, July 24, and/or Sunday, July 25; 7 am to 6 pm on both days.
  • Where: 800 block of Vermont Avenue NW, between H and I Streets. The McPherson Metro stop (Vermont Avenue Exit) is at the installation site and parking is nearby.
  • What: A commitment to 2 or more hours.
  • Details: Wear old clothes because you’ll be painting. Use lots of sun block and sun protection; it’s summer in DC! Water and snacks are provided.
  • How to Volunteer: Email gallery plan b and provide them with a phone number so they can schedule your time. Let them know when you would like to help–Saturday or Sunday, or both… morning or afternoon. For more information, contact gallery plan b at [email protected] or 202-234-2711; or Steed Taylor at [email protected]
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