Arts

NoMa gets seven more huge murals

For any fans of street art, NoMa has been a compelling destination for the past few years, but is getting even more exciting with the installation of seven huge murals during POW!WOW!DC this week. The POW!WOW! movement started in Hawaii and has spread worldwide, as a week-long mural blitz and cultural festival. The NoMa Business Improvement District is sponsoring the POW!WOW! in DC, along with 17 artists collaborating on the projects (full information on it, including the participating artists, location map, and two upcoming walking tours of the art).
The pieces shown here are in the process of being painted, so they will have changed by the time you next see them. This piece at 41 New York Avenue NE is one of the most spectacular ones, and it is huge:
 
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This one at 16 M St. NE will occupy another huge wall, but is just in the beginning stages, and can’t be fully seen because it is in a locked yard:
 
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A complex and beautiful piece wraps around the corner at First St. and M NE (although there isn’t a clear view of the whole piece due to parked cars in front of it):
 
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This one at 40 Patterson St. NE has many figures stretching along the wall, although again there isn’t a free view of all of it due to parked cars:
 
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This piece at 1215 Third St. NE has some parts that look completed but has lots of room to expand, so it may end up looking quite different:
 
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In addition to the large installations, there are other works going on as part of this festival, such as the painting of this small utility shed on M St.:
 
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The festival ends on May 30th. Last weekend, it kicked off with a celebration in Storey Park among some of the existing art and the ever-present rain.
 
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So if you get a chance, watch the murals in progress before May 30th, or if not, just enjoy them the next time you are walking around NoMa.
 
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All images © Victoria Pickering

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.