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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Thinking About: Public Art

There's something really neat going on in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood currently: the Inaugural Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit (read more about it here). Twelve large-scale modern sculptures (selected from 21 entries) have been installed on the lawns of twelve homes in the neighborhood. The exhibit will be on display for six months; artist-led tours will be offered on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 11 a.m.; brochures may be picked up at each sculpture site for a self-guided tour; and educational programs and lectures will be announced during the span of the exhibit. What an awesome way to engage the community, attract visitors, and support the arts!

I often think about how great it would be for our neighborhood to have more public art -- be it temporary like some of the displays on 14th Street and this Foggy Bottom exhibition, or permanent. I would love to see something analagous to the Foggy Bottom exhibit in Shaw. And I would love to see more sculptures and murals along 7th and 9th Streets.


Anonymous said...

the convention center authority under the leadership of Pittman spent millions of dollars on art.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the millions they spent on art is housed inside the Convention Center... unless you sign up for one of their art tours (usually in the middle of the week in the middle of the day) you'll never see it. Would be nice if they'd do more "public" work like what is hanging near the metro entrance. Though I do love the hanging resin piece by Yuriko Yamaguchi (no relation to gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi who is tearing it up on Dancing With The Stars!) you can see through one of the large windows on 9th St.

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