Mayor Vincent C. Gray is pleased to announce the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly completed Canal Park in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood in Southeast Washington. The event will introduce three new sculptures commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
The sculptures were created by Baltimore artist, David Hess. They are built with 4” stainless steel pipe that has been rolled, formed and welded together to create large continuous curving lines. The sculptures appear to be continuous as all the ends are below ground. Hess’ work suggests that the water that was once flowing through the canal that was built by L’Enfant, and eventually closed in 1876, is indeed still there and flowing under the park.
“The partnership between the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Capitol Riverfront BID, the Washington Canal Park Association and the design firm, OLIN, has produced a beautiful park that will positively impact the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood for generations to come,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts Humanities. “Canal Park is an excellent example of how District agencies and developers can work together to improve our communities.”
After being chosen by a selection committee in 2007, David Hess, the DCCAH in cooperation with the Washington Canal Park Association and the landscape design firm, OLIN began work to integrate public art into Canal Park.
The ribbon cutting for Canal Park will take place on Friday, November 16, starting at 10:30 am. Speakers for the opening include, Mayor Vincent C. Gray; Congresswoman, Eleanor Holmes Norton; Councilmember, Tommy Wells; along with DCCAH Executive Director, Lionell Thomas and other guests.