Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Create Public Art DC with Albus Cavus on August 15th

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You are invited to come out and watch the District's largest public mural take shape. The Edgewood mural project team has started painting the 275-foot long wall that's two-stories high. Over the next 10 days, artists and DC youth will cover a wall space that is larger than a football field with a public art piece called "From Edgewood to the Edge of the World." The project and the resulting art seeks to reflect its home community of Edgewood and be a window into the souls of the artists.

The Edgewood mural project is sponsored by the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities and the DC Mayor Office's Summer Youth Employment Program, and directed by public arts non-profit Albus Cavus. Check out their BLOG HERE. The mural wall is located along the new Metropolitan Branch Trail for cyclists and walkers and visible from the WMATA Rhode Island metro stop. What was a grey retainer wall will be transformed into a beautiful creation.

Come to the mural site and be a part of the action.

The new Metropolitan Branch Trail will connect all parts of DC from Union Station to Silver Spring, Maryland. The trail will bring visitors, residents, and commuters together, serving as a recreational opportunity and an alternative transportation route. Weaving through parks, major roadways and revitalized urban zones, the new trail will take visitors past major landmarks and a significant piece of public art. "The Edgewood mural will not only be a beautiful aesthetic addition to the trail, but it will draw people to the trail to look at the mural," says Heather Deutsch, Bicycle Program Specialist/Trail Planner, Transportation, Policy and Planning Administration, District Department of Transportation.

On August 15, the public is invited to participate in and view a mural jam for local artists to contribute their work and extend the mural down the sprawling wall to the street. The event invites the community to learn and appreciate the artwork and will feature live music, deejays, giveaways and an artist market. MORE DETAILS HERE.

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