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Interactive Art Installation Explores Human Behavior on City Streets

January 24, 2017

The Walkway(The Walkway, and interactive art installation at the Reeves Center)

There is currently a public art exhibit on the corner of 14th and U streets in front of the Reeves Center. It is titled The Walkway and it is an interactive installation that is an exploration of human behavior towards others on city streets and in public spaces. The art space consists of a tunnel with each side showing faces and statements of interactions that have been experienced in public. Some of the experiences shared are positive — others are negative, harassing, or hostile.

What I like about the experience is that it makes one reflect upon their own experiences and interactions in public spaces. There is also an online component which allows anyone to participate in the project, which is a collaboration between the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the District Department of Transportation. Through the portal, they are collecting information regarding words, phrases and gestures that are used in public spaces to address others. This is a study to explore what people consider to be respectful, friendly, non-friendly or threatening interactions. While data collected will be used as part of an interactive exhibit, responses will be kept anonymous.

Below are a few more photos from my visit:

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More DC Street Art Sightings — Columbia Heights & Union Market Areas

December 12, 2013

Here are two more examples of street art I recently encountered. The first is a panted panel from a street light base on Columbia Heights’ Fairmont Street, I think between 13th & 14th streets but I might be off a block.

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… and the one below is from Penn Street, NE between Gallaudet University and New York Avenue (back behind Union Market).

Street art Trinidad

Area Street Art — Stop Deportations!

April 18, 2013

I’ve been finding a lot of these Stop Deportations posters around the community lately. I like both the graphic and the message.

Stop Deportations

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Stand Up for Justice in the Americas Poster

May 16, 2012


I found the above poster in Columbia Heights a few weeks ago. In looking at the  SOA Whatch Web site, it must have been one of several posted prior to their April 16, 2012, event when their activists took to the streets around Capitol Hill.

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End Mass Incarceration

April 23, 2012

The following poster showed up at a couple of locations on lower Georgia Avenue over the weekend. Does anyone know anything more about the Occupy the Justice Department event it is referencing?

Words to Contemplate

April 10, 2012

The following quote is painted onto the side of the building at the southwest corner of Georgia and Morton Street, NW. It is definitely food for thought.

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Mural, or Street Art? — Silenced George

December 6, 2011

Last time I was on U Street I saw the mural below at the southwest corner of U and 15th Street, NW. While it’s scale suggests it’s a mural, it strikes me more to be akin to street art. Does anyone know if this was painted before Occupy DC or in response to it?

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