I was driving by 11th St and Park Rd. in Columbia Heights, D.C., last week and noticed a drop dead fantastic spray paint art of Obama on the construction fence around the old liquor store. I checked on the Columbia Heights e-list and found out that the whole thing was part of a public art installation project by Albus Cavus artist collective.
On Sunday, Nov. 9, artists from the DC area and the East Coast created a public art installation that seeks to lift up the Columbia Heights community spirit by improving aesthetic enjoyment. A dozen artists worked together with renown graffiti artists, like Tim CON and Leon Rainbow, in a live, outdoor presentation of art and people changing their environment. The artists covered the 80-foot fence of a construction site with color, imagination, and reflection.
“We are transforming an eyesore to eye-candy,” said Albus Cavus executive director Peter Krsko, the organizer of the art project. “Fences around building sites are usually to be endured, not enjoyed. In Columbia Heights, public artists and residents will smash that old construct with paint and spirit.”