Temporary Art

They make a big impact in a short time.

Golden Haiku

The Golden Triangle BID brings a bit of spring’s warmth to the winter landscape by adorning 125 flower beds in downtown Washington with winning poetry from the Golden Haiku contest – the first temporary community literary art project of its kind.

In December 2014, the BID held its first haiku contest in conjunction with the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC). 400 haiku were submitted and reviewed by an expert panel of judges. The grand prize winner was Susan Burch, and the winning poem read:

snow storm—
my garden Buddha
becomes Santa

In 2016, the contest grew and more than 900 poems were submitted. Learn more about the 2016 contest. The winning poem was written by Kala Ramesh and read:

spring breeze
the sari slides down
her shoulder

All winning poems from 2016 can be found here.

parKIT: DC’s First Seasonal Parklet

parKIT is a parklet that was installed in front of 2020 K Street NW and open to the public through October 2015. It transformed two parking spaces into a place for people to socialize, enjoy coffee, or just take a break.

parKIT’s modular design of connecting triangles allowed people to re-make the parklet in different configurations throughout the season. The Golden Triangle and Gensler held programs at the parklet on Tuesdays during lunch hours throughout the summer with a theme of “Making the City.”

As part of its temporary urbanism initiative, Sustainable DC invited the Golden Triangle to pilot the creation of a seasonal parklet. Sustainable DC and DDOT have developed new guidelines and protocols for parklets throughout the city with input from the Golden Triangle BID and others. The design for parKIT was created by two Gensler designers who won an in-house design competition. The Golden Triangle BID funded the construction and installation of the parklet.


Chalk Art

It’s not every day that a busy sidewalk becomes an artist’s concrete canvas. The Golden Triangle BID worked with George Washington University’s Corcoran School of Arts & Design and artist Whitney Waller to create temporary chalk art on sidewalks in the Golden Triangle.

Waller used the brightly colored chalk to draw iconic Golden Triangle destinations, including National Geographic Museum, St. Matthew’s Cathedral, the Heurich House Museum, and the Tiny Jewel Box. Although chalk art is only temporary for a few days, it provides enjoyment for all who see it.


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