New Leaf

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2007
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“New Leaf” was installed in 2007 by the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro Station by Lisa Scheer as part of the Art in Transit Project. Scheer was inspired by a proposal stating the importance of the planting of trees on the site. She stated that “oak leaves are often regarded as symbols for long life, strength, and endurance. A leaf…can be read as a metaphor for the bounty inherent in growth and personal development or it can signify the cyclical nature of life suggesting continuity and the hope that comes with renewal and rebirth.”

The bronze sculpture measures approximately six by nine by four feet, and on its spine is inscribed a poem by Washington poet E. Ethelbert Miller that reads; every leaf surrenders to air, we dance, we flutter, we touch the earth. Scheer felt that the poetry would allow the public to find a deeper, more personal connection to the sculpture. She also noted that the practice of writing on leaves has its roots in ancient history “and implies a freedom of expression, a releasing one’s feelings into the world.”

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DCArts
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Just outside the Georgia/Petworth Metro Stop. Located at the corner of New Hampshire & Georgia Ave.

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