New Public Art @ 5th & K Streets, NW

Public art is a way to connect those living in a neighborhood with each others’ 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.

Busboys and Poets Owner Andy Shallal

DCCAH, in collaboration with the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District, Office of Planning and Lowe Enterprises, welcomes the addition of two  new public artworks to the intersection of 5th & K Streets, NW.

The public is invited to a dedication ceremony on Tuesday, April 6 at 1:00pm. A reception will follow at Busboys and Poets.

Liftoff, by internationally renowned public artist David Black 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…

The piece was commissioned to encourage people to use and interact with the public plaza. Black is known for his monumental pavilion-like public sculptures, such as Liftoff. Black’s dynamic, architectural enclosures interact with the surrounding environment; creating movement and interacting with each unique environment.


Inspiration, by emerging artist Ethan Kerberis an urban and contemporary sculpture that acts as a decorative garage grate to compliment the modern lines of City Vista’s architecture:

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.

For more information, contact Deirdre Ehlen or view our press release.


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Since 1968, the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has developed and promoted local artists, organizations and activities.
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