The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) have selected a permanent light art concept to be installed along Connecticut Avenue between K Street and Dupont Circle. The display, designed by local artist Alexander Cooper, incorporates programmable, low energy LED lights which will enliven the iconic boulevard with bright colors, patterns and movement throughout the year.
The art will be showcased on a four block raised median, scheduled to be completed this fall, from K Street to Dupont Circle. The art will light the lush landscaping and seasonal plantings of the medians to create a dynamic nighttime element along this highly travelled downtown corridor.
The light art project is part of a major streetscape enhancement project on Connecticut Avenue, which includes a beautifully landscaped median, sidewalk improvements featuring 20 foot tree gardens and other sidewalk amenities. The first section of the median, from K to L Streets, was completed in the fall of 2011 and transformed 3,000 square feet of asphalt into green space with thousands of flowers, plants and trees rotated seasonally. Construction for the remaining portion of the median will begin this fall.
Artist Alexander Cooper is a lighting and scenic designer with more than 10 years of experience in the Washington, DC area. He has created the lighting design for more than 60 exhibitions and permanent collection installations. He recently installed the lighting for “Farragut Spheres,” an art project funded by DCCAH and the BID, which was donated to WMATA.
“We are proud to partner once again with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and look forward to working with Mr. Cooper on this spectacular project,” said Leona Agouridis, Executive Director of the Golden Triangle BID. “The light art display will create an abstract and stunning architectural landscape along Connecticut Avenue and will enhance the Golden Triangle neighborhood for the many workers, residents and visitors.”
“It has been a pleasure working with the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, and we look forward to the installation of this dynamic artwork,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “Mr. Cooper’s light display is an excellent example of how public art and urban planning can come together to create a beautiful environment for our residents.”
“Designing and creating the art display for Connecticut Avenue is a tremendous opportunity to add dynamic lighting element to the heart of the city,” said Alexander Cooper. “I am very excited and honored to be a part of this project.”
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About Golden Triangle BID
The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is a non-profit organization that works to enhance DC’s Central Business District from the White House to Dupont Circle and 16th Street, NW to New Hampshire Avenue, NW. The BID’s primary focus is to provide a clean, safe and friendly environment within its 43 blocks of public space for area workers and visitors. The BID has a 23-member board of directors representing owners and tenants in the central business district.
About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia.
The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.