All along the New Hampshire Avenue Corridor, bright colors and themes are springing up on blank walls and forgotten corners. If you've wondered where they come from, read on!
by Brittany Sims and Maria, 2008
1011, 1017, and 1019 University Blvd. E, Takoma Park (top to bottom)
Commissioned by building owners.
1355 University Boulevard, Takoma Park
Commissioned by Verizon for Hispanic Heritage Month, dedicated October 16, 2010
Artist statement: My inspiration is motivated by a common folkloric character that all Latino and Hispanic American share in their culture fabric, the rooster. It is a symbol of awakening to that common thread that embodies the pride, the energy and flamboyance of our spirited heritage.
The figurative idea of this imagery was animated by the song "Yo soy el gallo" ("I am the rooster") by Puerto Rican singer José Miguel Class, el gallito de Manatí. This song pays tribute to the idiosyncratic singing (crowing) of the rooster, in particular the line that enlivens the mural portrayal which proclaims; "yo soy el gallo...me gusta cantarle al viento y cantarle a la mañana" ( I am the rooster...I like to sing to the wind and sing to the dawn).
by Juan Pineda
6600 New Hampshire Ave, Takoma Park
Commissioned by Redline Motorsports, 2010
Not only does this mural relate to the City and New Ave logo, but yes, the passenger is wearing pink boots!
by unknown artist
6303 Eastern Ave, Hyattsville
Commissioned by La Frontera Market & Deli
This idyllic full wall mural features dramatic mountains and a waterfall overlooking a lake.