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Logan Circle Activist Donates Art to School

By P.L. Wolff

Images accompanying this feature can be viewed in the current issue PDF

In late April the Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Public High School installed a fanciful, Craig Kraft neon light sculpture that had been donated by longtime Logan Circle resident Bob Maffin, who is currently president of the Logan Circle Community Association, from his private collection. When viewed after the sun goes down, as seen here, students and faculty at this innovative high-tech education school in Northeast DC know they have something very special. Run on electricity generated by wind turbines that create power for the school, the light sculpture is integrated into the renewable energy system of DC’s first high school to receive LEED for Schools Certification. Here is artwork that both serves an educational function and at the same time contributes to a lower carbon footprint.

Kraft, who has maintained his studio for many years in a one-time 19th century firehouse in the 900 block of R Street in Shaw, is internationally recognized for his myriad light sculpture commissions from around the country –- private as well as for public spaces — and for exhibitions nationally and abroad.