The corner of 5th and K has been transformed from a sleepy asphalt lot into a bustling downtown destination. A steady stream of Safeway shoppers are now a constant on Fifth Street. Busboys and Poets, and soon Taylor Gourmet, attract an influx of loyal diners while Ace Hardware and Results Gym fill valuable neighborhood needs.
An area on the figurative ascent is now ready for Lift Off thanks to internationally recognized sculptor David Black. Lift Off is the latest of Black’s open, walk-under structures that combine architectural elements with the energy and references of sculpture.
In a 2008 presentation to the Commission of Fine Arts, Black ascribed his inspiration for the sculpture to a Kite festival he saw on the National Mall. The design of his proposal is a transparent, canopy-like structure that spreads out while not interrupting pedestrian movement. The design features a small bench incorporated into the lower part of the sculpture. Lights are to be placed at the end of the four cross beams.
Three concrete pedestals have been stationed in the plaza area at 5th & K for over a year in anticipation of Lift Off’s arrival. The wait is near an end as Mount Vernon Triangle CID Executive Director Bill McLeod says installation is nearly ready to be scheduled. More details will be forthcoming in the CID’s fall newsletter.
Over the summer we previewed a future public art installation from Midnight Metal Works that will conceal an air intake louver along the 5th Street facade of City Vista. These two pieces share similar styles and should complement each other nicely.