by Prince Of Petworth May 13, 2019 at 10:45 am 0

What’s up soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona? I spotted him last week on the side of the delicious Napoli Pasta Bar. [One of the club teams Maradona played for was Napoli.]

Yesterday Stacy was kind enough to send a bit of info about the artist:

“The piece was created by DC native Akeel Ali, also known as Black Frontiersmen, a local artist who has been working to beautify the neighborhood–and DC in general–with his art. His art can be seen on U Street and in Shaw, with more projects coming soon.” (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 3, 2019 at 1:45 pm 0

12th and U Street, NW courtesy Public Welfare Foundation

From a press release:

“After a seven-year absence, G. Byron Peck’s Duke Ellington mural has returned to the exterior of the True Reformer Building at 1200 U Street NW.

The mural honors Ellington’s deep ties to the U Street Corridor and sits near his childhood home. Ellington played his first paid performance in the auditorium of the True Reformer Building where the mural now hangs. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 14, 2019 at 10:02 pm 0

Thanks to Chuck Ludlam for sharing and sending renderings from artist Jarrett Ferrier:

“I’m leading the work to paint a fantastic mural on the huge white wall on the back side of the McDonalds. Right across from Johnson’s. It’s a celebration of Rock Creek Park — with Glover-Archbold Park right across the street. Painting of the mural will begin within a month or two.”

More panel renderings and location: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth February 13, 2019 at 10:45 am 0

Photo by flickr user @mjb

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.  In 2013 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.”

And after a few more years I had completely given up hope. Thanks to U Street Buzz for sending us word that they heard it was coming back.

I inquired as well and hear that “weather permitting” the mural should return sometime this April!! Fingers crossed and stay tuned.

12th and U Street, NW


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