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DCCAH Selects Steed Taylor to Create a Road Tattoo

Monday, July 19, 2010

As part of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s ongoing efforts to advance arts in the District of Columbia, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) selected Steed Taylor to paint a road tattoo entitled “Daughters and Sons Knot." Mr. Taylor’s design highlights Washington DC's relationship with war and loss by honoring metropolitan area soldiers recently killed while serving their country. The names of those soldiers’ children will be incorporated in the design. The design is a complex Celtic knot with six loops, a symbolic number for harmony and alluding to the interdependence within a community as well as a family. The road tattoo is approximately 60 feet wide and 300 feet long and made with the help of local volunteers and neighbors.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP PAINT! Help make an incredibly meaningful public artwork for our city and be a part of DC history! For questions or more information e-mail Gallery Plan B, (202) 234-2711, or Steed Taylor.  

A dedication ceremony will be held Sunday at 1pm after which the design’s outline will be painted by the community.

Why a road tattoo? If roads are considered the skin of a community, then a road has a similar relationship to the public body as skin does to the individual body, allowing roads to be marked as people mark their skin for commemoration, communication or ritual. View an example of how a road tattoo is created. Gallery plan B is coordinating the installation with Mr. Taylor. Images and additional information can be found on their website.

The project will require traffic and parking restrictions along the 800 block of Vermont Avenue, NW, from Friday after rush hour to Sunday evening. Participants are encouraged to arrive via Metro (McPherson Metro Station-Vermont Avenue exit). Limited on-street parking is nearby.

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