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Underpass Art Installations

NoMa is home to a trilogy of immersive art installations that the NoMa Parks Foundation envisioned and built to improve the experience of people traveling between the east and west sides of the neighborhood.

Call for Artists: K Street Virtual Gallery Exhibition

We’re seeking talented local artists or design teams working in the Capital region to install new work in NoMa’s K Street Virtual Gallery, which illuminates the railway underpass between First and Second Streets NE. Applications are open now through May 1st. 

This is a great opportunity to showcase digitally projected work in DC’s only outdoor digital public art gallery, which opened in 2023 with two stunning exhibitions, the first by My Ly Design and the second by Nekisha Durrett. 

Established professional artists and teams and those new to the field of public art are encouraged to apply.

K Street Virtual Gallery

K Street NE Underpass

The K Street Virtual Gallery is a public outdoor art gallery featuring original, digital art projected on to the walls of the Amtrak underpass between First and Second Streets NE in NoMa. The K Street Virtual Gallery is a living canvas that enables the NoMa BID to bring new and different types of art to the neighborhood on a rotating basis, and completes the trilogy of outdoor underpass art exhibits that the NoMa BID first created back in 2018 with the opening of Rain, followed by Lightweave in 2019. The K Street Virtual Gallery is illuminated daily from 6 a.m. to midnight and is open and free to the public. 

My Ly was the first artist to exhibit work at the K Street Virtual Gallery. Ly is the founder and creative director behind My Ly Design, a local, woman-owned, minority-owned CBE practice in DC focused on architecture, interiors, urban design, and public arts.

K Street’s current exhibit is “Centuries” by DC artist Nekisha Durrett. Durrett’s exhibit, “Centuries,” celebrates the contributions of Black women to the sport of cycling. Durrett drew her inspiration from the story of five Black women who in 1928, over the course of three days, cycled over 250 miles (two and a half centuries in cycling terms) from New York City to Washington, DC. They traversed hilly, rough, and dangerous roads through cold and stormy weather, but riding during the Jim Crow era presented an additional, more existential threat as they trekked through sundown towns under hostile surveillance.  

Lightweave

L Street NE Underpass

Lightweave, designed by FUTUREFORMS, turns vibrations from passing trains and sounds in the underpass into dynamic auroras of patterned light across four different hues and variable intensities of light.

Rain

M Street NE Underpass

Designed by Thurlow Small Architecture + NIO architecten, Rain comprises 4,000 LED-powered polycarbonate tubes that glow with a soft blue-white light and pulse in response to traffic flow in the underpass.

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