Air Shaft Tunnel

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1992
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The Air Shaft Tunnel project is one of the original Public Art projects commissioned by the DCCAH. Artist Val Lewton took on the challenging task of designing a painting for the colossal structure, with help from son Chris Lewton, artists Carter Green, Mike Hartigan, Victor Korenev , and Laura Murray. Val Lewton proposed that the shaft be returned “as close to its pristine concrete form as possible.” He noted that he wanted to maintain the “Stonehenge” look of the structure, which he felt makes a surreal statement about the city which itself exists without embellishments.

Working from a 1/3 scale mock up and laying out portions on the Shaft in a grid pattern, the team accomplished this daunting task The final product (located at 3rd St. and Mass Ave. NW) includes two large window illusions painted on the structure. They reveal the Capitol dome and pillars that are, according to Lewton, “openings for our imaginations about the real city beyond the Capitol dome” which “beckon us to enter the city’s dark, mysterious core.”

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DCArts
Location

Just past 251 H St. (and 3rd St, NW) at busy intersection of H and Massachusetts Ave.

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