Journeys

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"Journeys" was funded as part of MetroArts, Metro's Art in Transit Program and was the first of this program to be installed. Along the 500 ft steel fence outside the New York Avenue station, metro riders will find several glass leaves and, at the "second entrance" of the NY Ave Metro, one standing 27 ft-tall aluminum sculpture. The sculptor is responsible for creating both the fence and the leaves. All the leaves are fashioned after the leaves of the scarlet oak, the District's official tree. By the aluminum leaf, poetry has been inscribed.

From the artist's website: "Journeys is a collaboration with Dolores Kendrick, Poet Laureate of Washington D.C. Her poetry enriches the pedestrian experience. The integration of words into the artwork contributes to the multi-layered, richly textured public space. The leaf is illuminated from within at night, providing a beacon of light at the entrance to the station."

The poetry, also titled Journeys, reads: "Go slowly/in taking/the steps,/and fast/when counting/stars."

Source: http://www.barbaragrygutis.com/Projects/Metal/Journeys.html

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Around (and inside) the New York Avenue Metro Station:

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