Southwest Gateway

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2008
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This Mosaic installation consist of four 300 foot walls of serpentine glass mosaic and tile work, anchored into the original white tile walls of the underpass. Once a dark, drab, and potentially dangerous tunnel, the South West Gateway of D.C. is now animated with colorful mosaics which offer a much more welcoming ambiance. The mosaics, created by Byron Peck with help from Jefferson Junior High School students, depict the places and people of Southwest D.C. as well as local wildlife. Although many may question how an underground tunnel can ever be hospitable, Peck truly demonstrated how art alone can wholeheartedly transform any environment.

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DCArts
Location

In the 12th Street tunnels near the intersection of Maine Ave & 12th St SW, under the 395 overpass.

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