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Happy Birthday Duke – Mural Sadly Still Missing from U Street

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12th and U Street, NW

In Sept. of last year we learned that:

“Local Artist Byron Peck would create a replica of his Duke Ellington mural on U Street. The Commission looked at all of the options for preservation. The structure behind the mural was eroding. The best option is a replica and Peck has agreed. The goal is to have an unveiling and installation by Duke Ellington’s birthday in April 2014.”

A spokeswoman for D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities now tells me:

“Thank you for your interest in the Duke Ellington mural on U Street NW. Before installing the artwork, the team needs an assessment of the structure to ensure it is sound and safe. That process is taking longer than anticipated. We do not yet have a date for installation.”

The iconic Duke Ellington mural was removed from the True Reformer building at 12th and U St, NW back in May 2012. At that time we were told repair could take up to a year. I hope it returns one day.

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After the jump you can see a different Duke Ellington Mural off the beaten path in West End.

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