Golden Triangle BID Sponsors Summer Public Art Project
Release Date: Monday, June 21st 2010
Street Mural to be Painted During Summer Concert Thursday
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 14, 2010 --The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) brought bright, colorful art to busy Connecticut Avenue, when an artist painted a mural next to the Farragut West Metro Station on Thursday, June 17 for commuters, workers, and summer concert goers to see.
Graphic designer and muralist Rachel Horlick painted the mural on the wall of Café Soleil at Connecticut and I Streets throughout the day Thursday, and added color to her outline in the late afternoon. Horlick continued painting on Friday and completed the mural on Saturday.
Also on Thursday, as part of the Golden Triangle Summer Concert Series, several hundred people showed up at Farragut Square Park, across the street from the mural painting, to see the Lloyd Dobler Effect from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Lloyd Dobler Effect is a local rock group with go go beats, named after John Cusack’s character in the movie Say Anything.
Horlicks’ patterned design is the second work of alley art commissioned by the BID, as part of their public art program. Last year, funky art was added to Luigi’s Alley on 19th Street near M Street NW. http://vimeo.com/6022534. The BID has also commissioned art in the historic call boxes throughout the central business district and has installed an artistic bike rack, named “BIKE HERE” outside the Dupont Circle Metro station.
“With the alley project and the summer concerts, the Golden Triangle BID is making the central business district of the nation’s capital more attractive, more interesting and more inviting,” said Leona Agouridis, executive director of the Golden Triangle BID. “We’re beautifying the neighborhood and giving it a different texture. We want people to stay and play when the workday ends.”
Art will also be placed at the entrances of the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations in an effort to brighten up the stations and make the stops more pleasant for the 50,000 commuters who use the station every day, as well as the thousands of others who can see the art as they pass by.
As part of the Golden Triangle BID’s ongoing beautification projects, a planted median will be built along Connecticut Avenue NW from K to L streets NW. Another exciting addition to the corridor will come in 2012 with the opening of a trophy, state-of-the-art office building with nearly 400,000 square feet of Class A office space on the corner of Connecticut Avenue and K Street with significant retail space and a garden rooftop overlooking Farragut Park Square and the White House.
“With these improvements, the Connecticut Avenue corridor and the central business district are ‘kicking it up a notch’ and becoming even more vibrant and exciting than they already are,” said Agouridis.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE BID
The Golden Triangle BID is a private organization that works to enhance DC’s Central Business District from the White House to Dupont Circle and 16th Street, NW to 21st Street, NW. The BID’s primary focus is to provide a clean, safe and friendly environment within its 43 blocks of public space for area workers and visitors. The BID has a 23- member Board of Directors representing owners and tenants in the central business district. Its Ambassador program has 31 employees who focus on customer service.