there has been an enormous amount of discussion about the 'boxer girl' mural on w street in the northern part of bloomingdale. a local tv station has even covered the story, and it's been all over the neighborhood listserv, with a large number of people expressing vehement opposition to the artwork, calling it 'graffiti', and deriding the fact that it was produced (partially) with public funding.
personally, i love the mural, and i think it adds a bit of color to a grand old rowhouse.
the reason i bring this up is the message that was posted to the bloomingdale listserv a couple days ago:
From: Lyons, Nancee (DPW)now, there are not too many places in bloomingdale outside of alleys that i've seen regularly tagged with graffiti, other than the roll-down doors on the commercial space in the old sylvan theater.
Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2009 9:28 AM
Subject: Request for Graffiti Mural Site Recommendations
Good morning, I’ve passed the following package onto your director as well. DPW would like to move forward quickly to begin selecting potential sites for graffiti murals. These walls are typically privately owned, highly visible and have been the target of graffiti in the past. I look forward to your assistance in identifying locations in your jurisdictions that would be a good fit for this valuable project, which has helped to reduce illegal tagging in neighborhoods across the District. I welcome your suggestions and guidance. Thank you!
Public Affairs Specialist
DC Department of Public Works
2000 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 671- 2637, 671- 0642 (fax)
there is a great, big, open blank wall on the side of bloomingdale wine and spirits, though:
i think this would be a fantastic spot for a mural. it's just a big, dead wall otherwise.
what do you think? are there other places in blooomingdale that you think would be a great spot for a mural? share your thoughts in the comments!