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New Public Art Comes to 5th and K

By P.L. Wolff

[Note: Photographs accompanying this news story in the print edition can be viewed in the full PDF copy in the Current & Back Issues Archive.]

Neighbors and passersby around 5th and K Streets, NW, in the heart of the Mt. Vernon Triangle Historic District have recently been noticing a prominent work of public art placed over a grate on the CityVista condominium building’s 5th Street façade just north of the Busboys & Poets entrance.

Selected by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities in consultation and co-operation with CityVista, the Mt. Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District, art experts, and community representatives, San Francisco-based artist Ethan Kerber was commissioned to create “a dynamic sculpture” for an exterior wall at CityVista.

Kerber is an emerging artist recognized for his architectural installations. This new work, titled Inspiration, is a contemporary sculpture fabricated from five steel panels measuring 25 by 25 feet and weighing nearly 3,500 pounds.

As Gloria Nauden, Executive Director of the DC Commission, observed, “Art should be found where residents and visitors gather, and Ethan Kerber’s sculpture will further brighten the already lively scene at 5th and K Streets.”

“My driving ambition,” says the artist, “is to engage in collaborations with architecture that build community. Inspiration celebrates the diverse paths we walk in life while it punctuates the modern lines of CityVista’s handsome architecture.”