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Photo via Dupont Underground

Could be the biggest thing after the proposed 11th Street Bridge elevated park.

From a press release:

The nonprofit Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground (ACDU) announced today that it has signed a 66-month lease with the District of Columbia’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) for an abandoned 75,000-s.f. former trolley station below the streets of Dupont Circle, in the District’s Northwest quadrant.

The ACDU also announced today the launch of a crowdfunding campaign for the project on the Fundable platform: fundable.com/dupont-underground.

Founded by architect Julian Hunt, co-principal of Hunt Laudi Studio, a D.C.-based architecture and urban design firm, the ACDU has been negotiating with DMPED for the lease since the group won a 2010 RFP from the city to redevelop the space. Hunt, who moved to the District in the mid-1990s and has been working to reopen the platforms and tunnels for more than a decade, was inspired by the years he spent living and working in Barcelona, where architects and artists have played a crucial role in shaping that city’s physical and cultural growth.

“I didn’t find the same kind of energy and conversation going on here,” said Hunt. “My first effort was to launch a critical journal, but when I discovered the old trolley station, I realized that I had stumbled onto a compelling, vital place to make something happen right below one of the District’s iconic public spaces.” (more…)

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From a press release:

“The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is holding a contest with the Japan Information and Culture Center, which is located in the neighborhood. Writers can submit their original haikus Wed. Nov. 12–Fri., Dec. 12 here.

The winning poetry entries will be displayed in the flower beds lining the streets of the Golden Triangle neighborhood this winter, becoming the first temporary community art project of its kind in the nation’s capital. The neighborhood is comprised of the 43 blocks from the White House to Dupont Circle.

The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to visit the Embassy of Japan’s traditional Japanese tea house, Ippakutei, for a guided tour and tea. (more…)

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Georgia Avenue Window Walk: Launch Party & Art Walk:

“Pleasant Plains Workshop
2608 Georgia Ave NW
Sunday 2pm

The Georgia Avenue Window Walk is a temporary public art project co-presented by Pleasant Plains Workshop and the Georgia Ave Community Development Task Force that engages residents and visitors to the community by placing art installations in storefront spaces along the lower Georgia Avenue Corridor.

This year’s Artists: Luke Atkinson, Elizabeth Graeber, Tsedaye Makonnen, Zsudayka Nzinga, and Jane Claire Remick

Participating Businesses: Mama Chuy DC, From the Core Studios, Morgan’s Seafood, Yoga Heights, and EatsPlace

Join us for a launch celebration and art walk, starting at Pleasant Plains Workshop at 2pm. Starting at 3, we will walk by each installation and hear from the artists and site owners. There will be a reception at our final stop.

This project is funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Public Art Building Communities Grant Program”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user NCinDC

I support this trend.

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!