reform, llc, along with artist Robert Kent Wilson were commissioned to develop a permanent art installation beneath the I-395 overpass at New Jersey Avenue in Southeast Washington, DC. New Jersey Avenue serves as the primary thoroughfare connecting the residential and commercial district of the Capitol Riverfront (FRONT) and the Government District surrounding the US Capitol. Event spaces such as National’s Park and the Southeast Waterfront have dramatically increased both pedestrian and vehicular traffic along this primary artery.
Our proposal, entitled ‘Water Pylons’ serves to provide a literal threshold to the FRONT, a metaphorical connection to the water beyond and to create visual interest within an otherwise dull and underutilized urban space. The ‘Water Pylons’ were funded in part by a grant from DC Arts along with material donations from Sherwin Williams and were developed as the initial phase of a long-term enhancement strategy that would extend along the rapidly developing New Jersey Avenue corridor.