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New Public Art Installations Dedicated at Mt. Vernon Triangle

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Contact: Deirdre T. Ehlen, (202) 724-5613

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District, Office of Planning, Lowe Enterprises and community representatives commissioned sculptors, David Black and Ethan Kerber, to create two dynamic sculptures for the intersection of 5th and K Streets, NW.  DCCAH worked closely with the developers to ensure that the two works were fully integrated into this emerging vibrant streetscape. “One of the missions of the Commission is to take art to the people and not limit it to galleries and museums,” says Gloria Nauden, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “Art should be found everywhere, especially where residents and visitors gather. Ethan Kerber and David Black's sculptures have enlivened the corner of 5th & K Streets for all who pass by.” 

Busboys and Poets owner, Andy Shallal continues to say, "Public art is a way to connect those living in a neighborhood with each other's humanity. It soothes the soul, lifts the spirit and touches everyone who passes by in a way nothing else can. Having such grand art next to busboys and poets has forever defined the corner of 5th and K, NW in the boldest of terms."

David Black is internationally renowned for his monumental pavilion-like public sculptures. Black's dynamic, architectural enclosures interact with the surrounding environment creating movement and interacting with each unique environment. Black installed Lift Off in November which is adjacent to the 5th and K Busboys and Poets outdoor cafe. According to Black, the sculpture was inspired by children flying kites on the National Mall. “It’s to appear kinetic as one passes by–reflecting the spirit and vibrancy of the new neighborhood,” said Black. This piece was commissioned to encourage people to use and interact with the public plaza. Life Off includes a love seat for anyone needing a respite or enjoys a quick lunch outside under the shadows of Lift Off.  

Inspiration by emerging artist and graduate student Ethan Kerber was installed in mid-March.  Inspiration is an urban and contemporary sculpture made of five steel panels and was installed to camouflage the in-take vent just north of the Busboys & Poets entrance on 5th Street.  The decorative grate is a unique alternative to the standard garage grate and punctuates and enhances the modern lines of City Vista’s architecture. According to Kerber, "DCCAH has empowered me to realize my creativity in a unique and large-scale way. My sculpture is rooted in the techniques of iron-workers, jewelers, sculptors and public artists. It celebrates the many paths we all walk in life."    

When: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 1 pm
Reception at Busboys and Poets at 2 pm

Where: Corner of 5th and K, NW