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“Looking for an artist interested in a temp canvas (pro bono) plus the mysterious back story!”

by Prince Of Petworth December 8, 2015 at 3:44 pm 50 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

Sometime between 3:00 – 4:00 am Sunday/Monday this happened to one of the pillars at the entrance to my building in Columbia Heights. It totally looks like a car smashed right into it. Funny thing, no tire marks anywhere. Anyway, cops and management company are looking into. Building and everyone who lives there are fine.

Mgmt Co stepped up really quick and got this temp structure erected to keep loose debris, etc. from affecting foot traffic in/around the building. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to reach out to the community regarding getting some work on this blank canvas. So, here’s the call for some street art / mural on a temporary structure.

Catch #1 – Unfortunately the Board will not be able to approve any funds for this project. While I personally may be able to help buy paint, this would be mostly a pro bono piece of work. The site is right on a prominent corner on 14th St in lower Columbia Heights – so the work would get great visibility – if that helps.

Catch #2 – this will definitely get tagged. I was hoping a nice piece of art might stand a better chance, but after seeing other work defaced in the neighborhood, I’m not so sure. Just a head’s up.

Finally – you’d have 90% creative control. Would just need to have a chat about your ideas. You could do a full wrap or just one wall. All styles accepted. Go crazy or do something more winter-y or Christmas-y. (Heck, I was thinking of just painting the whole box like a giant Christmas present, complete with a real giant red bow. Ha!)”


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