This is turning out even better than I hoped! Awesome.
4425 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
We are so excited to partner with @hirshhorn to present the world debut of a new large-scale public-art mural by artist @yokoonoofficial, on the 6th Street wall of the Market. Created exclusively for Washington, DC, Ono’s new work “RELAX. YOUR HEART IS STRONGER THAN WHAT YOU THINK!” compels us to step outside of our everyday lives and consider the power of the heart over the restrictions of the mind. #unionmarketdc #hirshhorninthecity #yokoono
Sure, it’s always great to have public art, but I feel like it’s kind of a missed opportunity for something vibrant and by a local artist…
Interested to see what the community has to say. The comments on Instagram are generally positive.”
According to Union Market’s Instagram:
“We are so excited to partner with @hirshorn to present the world debut of a new large-scale public-art mural by artist @yokoonoofficial, on the 6th Street wall of Union Market. Created exclusively for Washington, DC, Ono’s new work “RELAX. YOUR HEART IS STRONGER THAN WHAT YOU THINK!” compels us to step outside of our everyday lives and consider the power of the heart over the restrictions of the mind.”
1709 3rd Street, NE Photo by PoPville flickr user cb nworks
“But the mural isn’t intended to honor Lincoln. That image, in tones of gray, black and white, is almost an afterthought.
Muralist Garin Baker said that the foreground features African-American men quarrying the white Georgia marble used to build Lincoln’s statue, as well as a poem by Frederick Douglass.”
Thanks to David Ross for sending:
“This mural is by Nils Westergard and is at corner of Shannon Place and V St. SE in Anacostia. Her name is Charneice Fox Richardson. She’s a DC filmmaker. She also lived in Anacostia as a kid. I wanted it to be of someone local.
It’s all part of a series I’m doing called, If Shannon Could Sing. The main street that runs through is called Shannon Place so it’s a play off of that name. It’ll be an art/music pop up at 1102 V St. SE. Many, many programs coming for the next few months in Anacostia. Exhibits, concerts (free and paid), movie series (free), food series.”
Ed. Note: Will post schedule for event series when it becomes available.
Mural in progress by Jarrett Ferrier. Props to Stephen Voss and Charlene Kannankeril for making it happen.
“Charlene and I worked on the DCCAH grant application, soliciting opinions on subject matter from the community, meeting with the Tenleytown Historical Society and presenting at the ANC3E meeting. Jarrett came up with a rendering incorporating the top votes on subjects and then took community feedback and revised it before we submitted the grant application. We were thrilled to receive the grant and are thrilled the that the building’s owners have allowed Jarrett to use the entire south-facing wall.
Jarrett will be working on the mural most weekdays until completion around the end of September. We are working with area schools to make field trips out to the mural site and encourage residents to visit as well – 4425 Wisconsin Avenue NW (Han Cleaners/Envy Nails building). We’re putting up some information on this website and, closer to the completion of the mural, it will go live with interviews, photos and other information about the mural and its subjects.”
Love and Respect in Blagden Alley.
Thanks to City Blossoms for sending:
“Check out the new interactive mural series at Marion Street Garden, the latest project by the local non-profit organization City Blossoms! As part of their mission to build artistic and kid-driven green spaces, City Blossoms collaborated with eight DC-based artists, including Hamilton Glass, Juan Pineda, Eric Ricks, Cita Sadeli (Chelove), and Rose Jaffe, in a series depicting the magic created when nature takes over.”
1521 Marion St, NW
Fear not the iconic Marylin Monroe is not going anywhere but a post of her on PoPville’s Instagram led to an interesting revelation from Ryan Wegman:
“What should be the mural on the opposite wall of Connecticut Ave. to match? Jackie O. was suggested (her and JFK frequented the Omni when it was THE place to dance in the city — the Blue Room, specifically — until someone made the Marilyn/Jackie connection. We’re now thinking Grover Cleveland, General Patton, and Martin Van Buren, all former residents of Woodley Park, but I’m still into keeping it female. We’d love everyone’s input and/or recommendation of an artist!
The mural process is still on-going even though the date on the flyer has passed. There hasn’t been a consensus yet as to what it should be.
The mural will be closing soon for ideas — we have until September 9th.
“The owner of Rajaji at 2603 Connecticut Ave. has donated his south-facing wall to MuralsDC and requested the development of an original mural for that location. MuralsDC is asking for neighborhood input concerning the subject matter of that mural.”