Mayor Adrian Fenty shows off his painting skills at the opening of "Windows into D.C.," a new, temporary, art exhibit that has given the Walter E. Washington Convention Center a face-lift Photos by Ben Koconis
Artists, art enthusiasts, politicians and passersby surrounded the streets near the Washington Convention Center in Northwest Tue., Sept. 29, for the grand opening of â€œWindows into D.C.,â€ a new art installation that brightens 14 of the massive structureâ€™s windows.
The temporary exhibit, on display until March 2010, is composed of mixed media created by 14 local artists commissioned by the District to give Ward 2 a colorful make-over.
â€œThis thing is really funky,â€ said Steven Bracey, a 24-year-old art lover. â€œI love anything that is expressive.â€
Artists spent weeks reviewing digital prints, designing collages and painting murals that have attracted the public to the glass canvases since its unveiling.
Bracey said that he works near the Convention Center. But, this is the first time that he has really stopped to look at the building.
â€œIâ€™ve been around here for four years and Iâ€™ve never seen anything like itâ€¦ I think people are really taking notice.â€