We Embrace

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Artist
Ethebert Miller
Year
1997
Category
  • Architecture
Description

In tribute to the response by volunteers and caregivers to the needs of people living with HIV and AIDS in DC, the WMATA and the DCCAH collaborated in 1997 to engrave poetic excerpts reflecting the subject at the Dupont Circle Metro Station. One of these excerpts was from an original poem called “We Embrace” by E. Ethelbert Miller, chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC. Her poem reads the following: “We fought against the invisible/ We looked to one another for comfort/ We held the hands of friends and lovers/We did not turn our backs/We embrace/ We embrace.” Ward One Councilmember Jim Graham initiated this project, and it was one of the first public art projects which focused on poetry as art.

Commissioned By
DCArts
Location

Relaxing, shaded on some parts, the street is very busy but the sidewalk is calm. Next to a train station which is busy sometimes (rush hour).

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