Lamont Park, Gateway

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Lamont Park, located in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C., is the focal point of the Mount Pleasant business area. A challenging aspect of the Mount Pleasant area is that it is heavily divided; the neighborhood’s main street divides the more affluent part of the neighborhood from the area dominated by apartment buildings where many residents are immigrants. Lamont Park became a gathering place for residents, regardless of what neighborhood they came from, thanks to revitalization efforts such as artistic sculptures by artist Hestor Nelson. New artwork made the park more welcoming and thus beckoned the community to come together for play time and special events. Nelson’s artwork includes a variety of ceramic elements decorated with patterns and designs from African, Native American, pre-Columbian, Greek, Japanese, and other cultures from around the world. Her creations, for example, include a gateway consisting of two ten foot columns and a redwood canopy that rest on a medallion of brick in a herringbone pattern. This is one of many public art projects sponsored by the DCCAH that not only beautifies an area, but also brings the community together.

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DCArts
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Lamont and 17th Streets NW, Mount Pleasant.

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