Archive for the ‘Murals’ category

New Mural in the Works for 3124 Georgia Avenue

March 20, 2017

A new mural is being planned for this vacant wall at 3124 Georgia Avenue, NW.

A new mural is in the planning stages for the large vacant wall on the southwest corner of Georgia Avenue and Kenyon Street. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A approved a letter in support of the mural at their March 8, 2017, meeting.

Prior to the approval, Commissioner Rashida Brown had meet with the property’s owner and with Words, Beats & Life with is the organization that has selected the site for the mural. Words, Beats & Life will work closely with the ANC and the community during the mural process. The organization partners with local artists and community members to replace graffiti with art and will provide the supplies and instruction necessary to complete the project.

No design has been shared for this specific site to date.

New Mural at Rock Creek Church Rd and Georgia Ave

October 13, 2016

The new mural at 829 Rock Creek Church Road, by Waone of Interesni Kazki, was finished late last week (completed mural below). It was begun at the end of September. Like the new mural at 649 Kenyon Street, this mural is also part of Art Whino’s District Walls project.

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Below are a few photos of the mural in progress.

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New Mural at 649 Kenyon Street Finished

October 10, 2016
Muralist Remi Rough painting mural at 649 Kenyon Street, NW

Muralist Remi Rough painting mural at 649 Kenyon Street, NW

I posted earlier about two new murals that were in progress in the Park View area. One is near the Georgia Avenue Metro station (post forthcoming) and the other is at 649 Kenyon Street, located just east of Georgia Avenue. Both murals were part of Art Whino’s District Walls project, which curated 10 world renowned abstract muralists who painted murals throughout Washington, DC.

The artist chosen for 649 Kenyon Street was London-based artist Remi Rough. In very quick order, he painted the new mural on the side of the property. Thanks to the homeowner (thank you Zach!) who had the foresight to plan ahead, we have the great time-lapse video below documenting the creation of the new mural.

Enjoy watching the video!

1909 Mural in Anderson House Shows Automobile Driving Through Park View

August 26, 2016

Here’s a connection to the neighborhood that I wasn’t aware of (though I’m sure many already do). In reading up on the history of the Anderson House — located at 2118 Massachusetts Avenue in the Dupont Circle neighborhood — I read a reference to murals inside by H. Siddons Mowbray that drew my interest. Today, the house is the national headquarters of the Society of the Cincinatti, and according to their Website, the Mowbray murals in the Key Room and Winter Garden are his only works in Washington, D.C.

I was particularly interested in the description of the two Mowbray murals in the Winter Garden, which are of Washington, D.C., and its surroundings. Between the two murals, they map Larz and Isabel Andersons’ favorite local driving routes and nearby landmarks — some of which include the National Zoo, Old Soldiers’ Home, Great Falls, Arlington House, and Mount Vernon. They were painted in 1909 so its a nice reference to car culture at the beginning of the 20th century. Its also an interesting representation of how much of D.C. was developed and where people would drive on outings at the time.

I’ve not had a change to go to the Anderson House yet (which is open to the public for free), but was able to find a blog post online here that provides more information on the house as well the image below of the mural that shows driving routes up Georgia Avenue, along Rock Creek Church Road, and through the Soldiers’ Home.

Anderson House mural soldiers home(Photo from Museum a Week blog.)

Metro Mural Tells History of Georgia Avenue

August 5, 2016
Commuters depicted in the mural at the Georgia Avenue Metro station.

Commuters depicted in the mural at the Georgia Avenue Metro station.

With Metro’s current focus on repairing and upgrading the Metrorail system — and the disruption it is causing for daily commuters — it might be easy to overlook some of the things Metro has done well. One example that I appreciate every day is the mural at the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Station titled Homage to a Community.

The following description of the mural is from WMATA’s Web site,

Homage to a Community, by Florida artists Andrew Reid and Carlos Alves, is located at Georgia Avenue-Petworth station on the Green Line in the District of Columbia. The artwork consists of two components. The 130-foot-long stylized painted mural by Andrew Reid illustrates the rich history of the Georgia Avenue-Petworth community. The bold design of the contoured mural is a flowing chronology of defining events in the George Avenue-Petworth community in the context of local and world histories. The high energy of the handmade clay and cracked tiles of the accompanying frieze by Carlos Alves captures the spirit and promise of the Georgia Avenue-Petworth community.

In 2015, the Georgia Avenue station served about 6,300 daily riders. That’s a lot of people walking past the mural every day — yet I suspect  few pay much attention to the mural and possibly fewer still take time to appreciate some of the imagery and how it relates to the community. In looking at the images, the mural largely shows a history of Georgia Avenue south of the Metro station and reads from right to left.

Among the images are references to Native Americans; Abraham Lincoln, the civil war, & the emancipation proclamation; Schuetzen Park; Howard University; Griffith Stadium and the Senators & Grays; the Bakeries of lower Georgia Avenue, such as Corby and Bond Bread; Duke Ellington and U Street; World War II; Civil Rights; and modern commuters.

Below are a few images from the mural:

IMG_1295(Native Americans are depicted at the beginning of the mural as one enters the station from the west side. One of D.C.’s oldest continuous streets is Rock Creek Church Road, which likely started at a trail blazed by Native Americans.)

IMG_1294(Abraham Lincoln is prominently included in the mural. Lincoln summered at the nearby Soldiers’ Home and would  travel on Rock Creek Church Road and Georgia Avenue on his daily commute to the White House.)

IMG_1291(Germans drinking and shooting game refer to the old Schuetzen Park, located near Georgia Avenue and Irving Street.)

IMG_1292(Baseball at Griffith Stadium — located where Howard University Hospital now sits — is represented by this section of the mural.)

IMG_1287(The once active bakeries of southern Georgia Avenue are shown above. The section also includes a streetcar.)

IMG_1293(Duke Ellington and the vibrant U Street community are depicted above.)

Where Should the Chuck Brown Mural Be Relocated

January 5, 2016
Chuck Brown mural at the old Sweet Mango.

Chuck Brown mural at the old Sweet Mango.

We are still many months away before the 3701 New Hampshire Avenue site is redeveloped. One of the issues that came up during the zoning variance process was the Chuck Brown mural at New Hampshire and Rock Creek Church Road. Throughout the process, community members have advocated for the mural to be saved and the developer has agreed to have the mural recreated. Yet, where that mural would go is anyone’s guess. The easiest place would be on the northeast side of the new building after its finished. However, that would mean that the community would be without the mural for about 18 months and the new mural wouldn’t face the Georgia, New Hampshire, Rock Creek Church Road intersection.

Over the weekend, I noticed that the rowhouse structures across New Hampshire Avenue from the former Sweet Mango has a big empty wall facing the same intersection. While it is somewhat obscured from the intersection by the Metro station entrance from certain angles, it also is very visible from other angles.

The more I thought about this the more I liked it. Not only is the orientation similar to the current mural, it would also be the first thing Metro riders exiting the station would see when they visit the neighborhood, perhaps bringing more prominence to the mural. Lastly, if the owners allow it, the new mural could be created before the original is destroyed, ensuring that it remains visible throughout the process.

Can anyone think of other suitable locations for the mural?

IMG_9967(Would the blank wall to the northeast of the Metro Station entrance be a good location for the new Chuck Brown mural?)

Admiring the Restored “A People Without Murals is a Demuralized People” Mural

April 7, 2015

If you’ve ever been on Adams Mill Road just north of Columbia Road and looked at the side of the Kogibow Bakery, you’ll have noticed the large mural on the side of the building titled “Un pueblo sin murales es un pueblo desmuralizado” (“A people without murals are a demuralized people.”). It was originally designed and executed in the mid-1970s by brothers Caco and Renato Salazar.  When the 2011 earthquake occurred, the owner of Kogibow Bakery had to repair structural damage externally which resulted in damage to the mural. You can see the extent of the damage before efforts began in April 2014 to restore the mural in an article from the CityPaper that provides more details about the project. There is also a WAMU feature from 2012 that is worth listening to, which also provides some history about the mural.

A People Without Murals is a Demuralized People

The photo above shows the mural as it looks today, after restoration. The plaque below accompanies the mural.

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