Dupont Circle BID Brings Art to the Streets in Partnership with WMATA’s Art in Transit Program
New public art by local artists brings vibrancy to the neighborhood
OCTOBER 14, 2020 | WASHINGTON, D.C. — Starting today, the Dupont Circle BID will be unveiling new artwork surrounding the north entrance of the Dupont Circle Metrorail station! In preparation for an upcoming canopy at the station, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) installed temporary worksite barricades, and the Dupont Circle Business Improvement District (BID) saw an opportunity for artistic activation at the site. The BID partnered with the WMATA Art in Transit Program to create artworks which installation will continue to be implemented over the next week.
Artists Ravi Raman and Timoteo Murphy bring a unique artistic expression into the Dupont Circle neighborhood by painting murals on over thirty plywood panels, adding a sense of place to this highly frequented public space. Murphy will be installing photos on the boards facing Connecticut Avenue NW, and Raman will be painting the boards along 20th Street NW, as well as the area facing Q Street NW.
“The Dupont Circle Business Improvement District is again elevating the public realm, this time through artwork. Most recently, the BID has focused on activating the streets through outdoor dining options, including Streateries and Parklets. We are now excited to showcase local artists for the enjoyment of the Dupont Circle neighborhood,” says Colleen Hawkinson, BID Executive Director. “This new public art is an opportunity to support local artists, while also bringing the artistic energy of Dupont Circle, quite literally, to the streets. We want to ensure everyone feels at home in the neighborhood, while they’re maintaining social distancing and supporting local businesses, or simply getting fresh air and enjoying the Fall weather.”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Raman’s murals are based on his Love in Six Lines project, a series of whimsical paintings. “A picture in six lines is simple, yet complex like love.” Limiting each illustration to just six lines, Raman celebrates love with his simple yet deceptively complicated drawings which mirror the experience of affection and relationships.
Interdisciplinary artist Timoteo Murphy’s Jump 4 Da Life photo series was taken during March of 2019. Murphy was inspired by the fact that during this time, approximately 245 lives had been lost due to violence in the United States. The images (now murals) depict performance artist, Maps Glover, thrusting himself into the air, a powerful representation of each life lost.
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ABOUT THE ART IN TRANSIT PROGRAM
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Art in Transit Program incorporates visual and performing arts into the Metrorail system to enhance the experience of public transit riders. The Art in Transit Program works with visual and performing artists, other arts professionals, architects, engineers, community representatives, jurisdictional arts councils, and the WMATA Board of Directors to develop projects and performances that reflect the spirit and vitality of communities served by Metro.
ABOUT DUPONT CIRCLE BID
The Dupont Circle Business Improvement District (BID) is a nonprofit formed in 2018 to elevate the iconic Dupont Circle neighborhood with public space management, strategic marketing, and economic development initiatives. The BID is poised to energize the neighborhood with increased cleaning services, brand management, events and more. The Dupont Circle BID covers approximately 11 blocks in the commercial district, including Dupont Circle, P Street NW, Massachusetts Avenue, and Connecticut Avenue from the Circle to California Street NW. For more information, visit dupontcirclebid.org and sign up for our monthly e-newsletter. Follow us on Twitter (@DupontCircleBID) and Instagram (@DupontCircleDC), and like us on Facebook (@DupontCircleBID).