Arts

Dragons come to the Barnes Dance

Every day, about 27,000 pedestrians pass through the intersection of 7th and H St. by the Chinatown arch. Many of them may never have noticed that the intersection has been a Barnes Dance since 2010 – that means an intersection that you can cross in all directions at the same time, including diagonally. But lots of attention will be drawn to it now, as the intersection gets painted with dragons and zodiac symbols over the next couple of weeks.
Here’s how it looks now, after it has been partially painted:
 
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It’s obviously going to become a popular site for photographers, whether it is photographing it with pedestrians or vehicles or the view from above, or just the details of it.
 
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The artwork will be painted over the next couple of weeks during nighttime hours, if it ever stops raining.

Karen Ramsey captured a couple of great photos of the installation in process:
 

© Karen Ramsey
© Karen Ramsey

 
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© Karen Ramsey

 
She also posted a short video on Instagram of the process.
 
The work is a commission from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, in partnership with the District Department of Transportation, the DC Office of Planning, and the Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. After a public call for proposals, Charles Burgon Studios was selected to design and install the artwork.
 
 

All photos © Victoria Pickering except where noted.

I'm a D.C. native, but have only been taking photos for about five years. Even in that time, I've seen so many changes in D.C., and am increasingly interested in photographing the things in D.C. that are temporary or may be demolished, and the people who interact with the city. When I'm not out photographing, I'm a web developer.

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