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Photo by PoPville flickr user NCinDC

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From a press release:

“Dupont Circle to Light Up with Public Art

WHO: Media Artist Ali Momeni, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
WHAT: “Statuevision” public art project, large-scale projections
WHERE: Dupont Circle
WHEN: Friday, October 17, 7 – 10 PM

“Statuevision” will illuminate Dupont Circle with a large-scale projection performance featuring statues from across the District. Dupont Circle, a historic gathering spot for marches on the mall, hosts an assembly of virtual sculptures to realize a future of moving monuments. District history students and teachers share stories of the statues’ migration and immigration journeys. Partners include the National Park Service and area schools.

“Statuevision” is one of 25 public art projects, created for 5×5, a Project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. 5×5 is a contemporary public art project, showing through December.”

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Thanks to Mike Janssen for sending, he writes:

“Found bolted to a parking sign post near the Brookland-CUA Metro (10th. St NE between Monroe and Newton Sts.) It appears to be a handmade collage wedged between two thick pieces of glass, then securely bolted to the sign. No indication as to who created it. If people see anything else like it anywhere, I’d love to know about it.”

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Photos courtesy Golden Triangle BID

From the Golden Triangle BID (and thanks to the others who tweeted me):

“The chalk art mural will be drawn by Whitney Waller — a local artist from the Corcoran School of Arts & Design — who will transform the sidewalk in front of 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue into an artistic canvas for commuters, office workers, and tourists to enjoy.

“This chalk art project is part of the BID’s ongoing effort to capture the vitality of the city,” said Leona Agouridis, executive director of the Golden Triangle BID. “West of the White House, Pennsylvania Avenue links the world to powerful economic institutions, including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Creating art at on one of the most influential and well-known streets in the world is another way we are connecting commuters and local residents to this neighborhood.”

The chalk art mural plays a role in the BID’s larger vision to make Pennsylvania Avenue, west of the White House, a grand urban boulevard. The Golden Triangle BID has begun working with stakeholders on the collective vision of Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and 21st Street NW. The BID and its partners on the project are exploring temporary and permanent uses of public space that will help make the corridor more vibrant and attractive for area workers and visitors.

While the chalk art project is only temporary for a few days (if the weather permits), the Golden Triangle BID has other public art displays that have made the central business district one of the city’s most vibrant commercial areas. The BID has created wall murals, painted historic call boxes, and installed six artistic bike racks, including one made of recycled parking meters.”

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Chinatown Gate
604 H Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending the good news:

“Noticed a construction crew installing the refurbished gate the other day in Chinatown. What do you think of how it turned out?”

From DCCAH:

“DC Commission on Arts and Humanities removed the gate in April 2014 for restoration. The ornamental artwork was in severe disrepair and posed a safety hazard to adjoining businesses and the general public.

The Dragon’s Gate was created by Atlanta-based artist Andrew Crawford in 2007— as way of camouflaging and beautifying an otherwise drab alley corridor that housed trash bins and served as a service entrance. A conservator will restore it, and the goal is to return in in 2015.”

Awesome and ahead of schedule too!

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From a press release:

“The larger-than-life sculptures by internationally renowned artist Magdalena Abakanowicz (b. 1930) will be on view beginning September 27 as part of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project, the only public art space featuring changing installations of contemporary works by women artists in Washington, D.C. Organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), the New York Avenue Sculpture Project is a collaboration between the museum, the Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID), the DC Office of Planning and other local agencies. The Sculpture Project illustrates the museum’s long-term commitment to the artistic beautification of New York Avenue, fostering a vibrant new identity for the neighborhood just east of the White House. Located in the median of New York Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets, NW, the installation will be on view from Sept. 27, 2014 through Sept. 27, 2015.

The Sculpture Project will include a range of figurative works by Polish artist Abakanowicz. Her monumentally-scaled sculptures of grouped human figures and birds in flight exemplify issues universal to humankind: the power of nature, the force of destruction and the resiliency of hope. Abakanowicz’s art is often inspired by her experiences and observations during World War II and its repressive postwar climate.

“This installation will honor one of the greatest monumental sculptors of our time. Her works’ placement within the capital city of our republic will be compelling,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “Abakanowicz’s sculptures of figures atop wheel axles relate to her childhood memory of traveling with coins sewn into her clothing while escaping advancing military troops. When viewed in the context of New York Avenue, with drivers and pedestrians moving by, these sculptures will allude more generally to human journeys, both actual and metaphysical.”

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Lots more photos and closeups after the jump. (more…)

From Art All Night’s website:

“Art All Night : Nuit Blanche DC was founded by Ariana Austin in 2011. The festival is an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art, encompassing five of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods: Dupont Circle, Shaw, North Capitol, H Street NE, and Congress Heights.

Watch as DC’s creative community re-imagines public and private space and invites us all to see our city anew. Indoor and outdoor venues will showcase work by artists in a diverse range of media – with vibrant visual arts, street performances, live music, and DJs contributing to an unprecedented mash-up of cultural experiences in the nation’s capital.

When will Art All Night : Nuit Blanche DC take place?
From 7pm on Saturday, September 27th to 3am on Sunday, September 28th.

Where will the event take place?
Select venues in:
Dupont Circle
Shaw
North Capitol
H Street NE
Congress Heights