Hopscotch Bridge

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The H Street Bridge is a significant bridge in the D.C. area, spanning the central railway lines behind Union Station. However, there is great cultural significance to the bridge as well, as it connects the economically depressed northeast corridor of the city to the beautiful Smithsonian Mall and Capitol grounds. Once described as a “public eyesore” that was “bare and forbidding” and discouraged foot traffic, the Hopscotch Bridge project was proposed to encourage the interaction between communities.

Hopscotch Bridge partnered with local artist Deirdre Saunder, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and a mural organization called DC ART/WORKS that employs city youth in order to create 320 colorful “hopscotch” mosaics which seem to dance across the bridge walls. Completed in 2007, the figures were modeled on the hopscotch game, with varying colors, shapes, and textures. They were constructed and installed with the help of inner-city high school students. The project thus not only transformed the H Street Bridge into a source of public pride that beckons visitors to cross the bridge, but also included DC youth in a positive and educational experience.

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Runs along H St., over the bridge between 1st and 2nd St., NE

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