This mural has been retired ** This amazing mural tucked away on a refrigerator warehouse near Howard University tells several stories. As the title and images suggest, the piece shows the seasons, although not necessarily in order.
In June of 2009 Regina Holliday lost her husband of 16 years to metastatic kidney cancer after months of escalating pain and a horrific experience with the medical system. Inspired by his final message, “Go after them, Regina,” she embarked on an allegorical piece of art pushing for healthcare reform.
Daughter of Oshun in the World. (Ward 1; front and side of Hooked Seafood Restaurant.) 3200 Georgia Ave., NW. 25′ x 15′; acrylic on wood. Joel Bergner, 2008. Sponsored by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Created: 2008 Sponsor: DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Peter Waddell, an artist specializing in historic themes, created this fanciful interpretation of the largely undeveloped area that later became Dupont Circle as it was in the 1870s. “Stewart’s Castle,” at the rear, was designed by architect Adolph Cluss in 1873 for Nevada Senator William M.
Helena Metaferia’s restoration of iconic African American figures was part of a larger effort to spruce up the aging center as the neighborhood added population and amenities in the 2000s. Metaferia, an artist associated with the Latin American Youth Center, repositioned the images of Thurgood Marshall, Mary McCleod Bethune, Frederick Douglass, and Malcolm X within an exuberant and colorful design including youth at play.
Diamond Teague Memorial. (Ward 6, Diamond Teague Park.) 1st Street and Potomac Ave., SE. 18′ x 14′ x 16′ mosaic pyramid (4,032 sq. ft); ceramic and glass tile on steel. G. Byron Peck and La Toya Middleton, 2011.
Fuel for the Fire. (Ward 1; retaining wall, DC Water Bryant Street Pumping Station.) 301 Bryant St., NW. 130′ x 22′; aerosol on concrete. Produced by Words, Beats & Life, Inc., Project Manager, Cory L. Stowers. Colbert Kennedy, lead artist and designer, with student artists Michael Hammond, Mensa Kondo, Chino Mada, Gean Martinez, Daniel Nussel, William Page, Matas Yongvongphaibul, and Ernesto Zeleya, 2011.
From a Model to a Rainbow. (Ward 4; southern abutment wall, Takoma Park Metro Station.) 327 Cedar St., NW. 14′ x 39′ (400 sq. ft.); ceramic and glass tiles on aluminum. Sam Gilliam, 2011. Sponsored by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in cooperation with the Metro Art in Transit Program.
Artist: Juan Pineda, Ernesto Zelaya, Matas Yongvonphaibul and Gean C. Martinez