More on the Totem Poles at 3rd and H
You have, no doubt, heard about the totem pole art installation coming to a vacant lot at 3rd and H Street. Well, I just got an update on the project, and here are the basics: The project is funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), and installed with the permission of site owner Steuart Investments (which plans to build a mixed use building with a Giant grocery early next year). Artist Wilfredo Valladares was selected (by a local panel) out of 15 artists who submitted proposals. The project is called DC8 Totem Poles, and will consist of eight abstract totem poles intended to sybolyze the eight wards of DC. As such, the poles will incorporate key historical and cultural elements within the wards and interweave testimony from residents of the different wards. Installation is set to start soon, so there will definitely be something to see if you stop by the site before hitting up the H Street Festival on September 18th. But the installation is intended to be a gradual process, so it won't be completed until late October.