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Reinstallation of the DC8 Totem Poles Public Art Installation

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is proud to announce that the DC8 Totem Pole project has found a new home along the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). DC8 Totem Poles consist of eight abstract totem poles symbolic of the eight wards in DC. Each pole recounts crucial historical and cultural elements within the wards as well as testimonies from DC residents. The MBT is an 8-mile trail that runs from Union Station in the District of Columbia to Silver Spring, Maryland. The trail passes through numerous vibrant and historic neighborhoods.

Commissioned by DCCAH, the DC8 Totem Poles by DC artist Wilfredo Valladares is a public art installation that until late Fall 2010 was located at 300 block of H Street NE. The totems were removed from the 300 block of H because of a development project spearheaded by Steuart Investments. Mr. Valladares, who is thrilled to have his work reinstalled along the MBT, says “DC8 Totem Poles -- reflecting the people and the communities of Washington, DC, both past and present --- are a perfect fit for the Rhode Island Avenue entrance of the Metropolitan Bike Trail.”

WHAT: Reinstallation of the DC8 Totem Poles

WHEN: Thru September 17, 2011

WHO: DC Artist, Wilfredo Valladares

WHERE: Metropolitan Branch Trail at the Rhode Island Entrance

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