Golden Triangle BID Expands Outdoor Public Art Experience

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Gisela Colón Sculpture on Display Near James Monroe Park

Washington, DC (June 16, 2021) — The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) announced today the addition of a newly installed public artwork next to James Monroe Park.  Parabolic Monolith Iridium, created by Gisela Colón and installed by local arts nonprofit Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA), joins several existing outdoor art displays located within the Golden Triangle as part of the BID’s public art initiative.

The Golden Triangle BID, in partnership with Tephra ICA, is presenting Colón’s first public sculpture in the Washington, DC area. Colón, a contemporary Latinx artist, used carbon fiber material and advanced aerospace technology to create a radiant and seamless sculpture with references ranging from the cosmos to space age technologies. This public artwork, generously sponsored by Leidos and Charles P. Johnson & Associates, will remain on display through 2021, and is located at the intersections of Pennsylvania Avenue, I Street, and 21st Street Northwest.

Colón’s piece is the latest addition to several recently installed artworks in the Golden Triangle, which include MERIDIAN by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong and Common Ground by Risa Puno.

“Diverse art installations throughout our central business district, including Colón’s sculpture, are enhancing our shared public spaces,” said Leona Agouridis, Executive Director of the Golden Triangle BID. “Locals and visitors alike can come outside and safely enjoy unique cultural experiences through the creative artwork in our neighborhood.”

As more businesses resume in-person work, the Golden Triangle BID has multiple programs underway to ensure a safe, clean, and beautiful environment that welcomes workers, residents, and visitors. Learn more about the Golden Triangle BID initiatives here.

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Gisela Colon, Artemis (Parabolic Monolith Iridium), 2019, Courtesy of Gisela Colón Studio and Tephra ICA. Photo by Sofia Blom.

About the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

Formed in 1998, the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) enhances Washington, DC’s central business district, the 44-square-block neighborhood stretching from The White House to Dupont Circle. Home to roughly 6,000 businesses, the BID provides a clean, safe, and vibrant environment for hundreds of thousands of workers, residents, and visitors, and encourages economic development through capital projects, public art, sustainability, and events. The Golden Triangle has been awarded LEED Platinum, the highest level of LEED certification, by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first BID in the world to be certified through the LEED for Communities program. For more information, visit: goldentriangledc.com and connect on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

About the Artist
Born in Puerto Rico, Gisela Colón lives and works in Los Angeles and exhibits her work nationally and internationally. Made from carbon fiber using advanced aerospace technology, the result produces lightweight, but large and durable sculptures. Her work is in the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD); Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), among others.

Media Contact
Miranda Woolston, 202.684.8923, mwoolston@goldentriangledc.com

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