Below is a snapshot courtesy of the MVTCID from today’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the public art at 5th & K. Gloria Nauden of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities wielded the scissors while artists Ethan Kerber (Inspiration) and David Black (Lift Off) flanked her on either side. The event had over 50 attendees.
From Left to right: Patricia Zingsheim (Planning), Joe Carrol (Lowe), Rachel Dickerson (DC Creates), Lavinia Wohlfarth (DCAAH commissioner), Ethan Kerber (Artist), Gloria Nauden (DCAAH), David Black (Artist), Andy Shallal (Busboys), Rosalynn Hughey (Planning)
At the beginning of February we reported that the installation of Inspiration, a 25′ by 25′ grate covering from artist Ethan Kerber, would take place Feb 15-18. Snowmageddon 2010 threw a wrench into that schedule but Kerber has arrived in DC this weekend and the installation will begin on Monday.
The Mount Vernon Triangle CID issued a press release last Friday stating that the next City Vista public art installation is set to arrive in the Feb 15-18 timeframe. The artwork, entitled Inspiration, is a 25′ by 25′ grate cover from artist Ethan Kerber that will be installed over the ground level fresh air intake that resides next Busboys and Poets 5th Street entrance.
The Lift Off sculpture installation is nearing completion despite being surrounded by caution tape. The lighting at the end of each of the horizontal beams appears to be the major outstanding item remaining.
Responses to this new artwork have been mixed. Fellow K at City Vista residents have comically started calling it “Big Bird” with one individual saying “if we don’t feed it maybe it will fly away.” Perhaps it will become landmark in DC like The Big Chicken is a point of reference for driving directions in the Atlanta area.
My condo listserv has been flooded with comments and jokes about the sculpture. And despite some negative feedback, someone pointed out that the new artwork is a great distraction from the strip club and parking lot at the 5th and K intersection.
Personally, I’m not a fan of the color (especially with a similar-colored building in the background), but overall I’m happy with the artwork and thrilled that the Master Plan is being implemented. I’d like to remind our readers that public art displays are part of the Mount Vernon Triangle Master Plan, which also includes the decorative grate artwork scheduled for installation in the coming months. While many of us were not yet residents of The Triangle in the spring of 2007, there was a two day community panel during which the artwork was selected.
Information Courtesy of Jo Ann Neuhaus at the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association
This weekend Crafts America presents the 22nd Annual Washington Craft Show. The event takes place at the Washington Convention Center and showcases 190 Juried, Contemporary Craft Artists from 34 states and DC.
Top: Nancy Kubale; Bottom (left to right): Hideaki Miyamura; Ben Johnson; Robert & Barbara Matthews
Original pieces will be presented and available for sale in the following media: Basketry, Ceramics, Fiber, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed-Media, Paper, Wearable Art, Wood
Hours: Friday, November 6, 10:00am – 8:00pm Saturday, November 7, 10:00am – 6:00pm Sunday, November 8, 11:00am – 5:00pm
General admission $15, but discounted coupons are available here; No charge for children under 12
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and David McFadden, Chief Curator of New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, discuss Ms. Albright’s personal jewelry worn to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure. Following the discussion, Ms. Albright will sign her book, Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box
A Piece of My Heart is the story of six women– before, during and after the Vietnam War. Based on Keith Walker’s book of the same name, the play is a collage of sound and imagery pinpointing the significant moments in each woman’s journey. The reality of the play occurs at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. At the moment of dedication, memories come flooding back, transporting the audience to the beginning. We see six young women make the choice to serve and the consequences of those decisions on the course and direction of their lives. They return different people who must reconcile their need to serve humanity with the horrors they experienced during war. It is a piece about transcendence that deals with the themes of service, heroism, life, death, trauma, forgiveness, sacrifice, despair, depression, rejection, friendship and rebirth. A Piece of My Heart features the unsung heroes often overlooked in history until now.
Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, with one intermission.