Thalhammer’s design – which will feature her signature usage of the harmonious color spectrum – will be implemented on the metro plaza’s expansive west wall, measuring approximately 115 feet in length and 20 feet in height. The mural will welcome visitors and commuters to National Landing, and is scheduled for completion in late October. The 25-color concept aims to calm the nervous system and inspire a sense of joy and wonderment for viewers.
Thalhammer’s design was chosen unanimously from more than 30 submissions by the BID’s public art selection committee comprised of business, government and community stakeholders.
“As part of the BID’s ongoing mission to upgrade and activate public spaces in our community, we are hopeful that this project will make people feel welcome as they return to riding transit, while providing them with an impactful and attractive arrival into National Landing,” said Tracy Sayegh Gabriel, President and Executive Director of the National Landing BID.
“Inspired by explorations of subtle energy, my newest mural design entitled “Harmonize” infuses the landscape with a spectrum of color, producing a pleasing meditative energy that embraces commuters in a hug of color,” said DC artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer.
As a feminist activist and member of the LGBTQ+ community, Thalhammer’s artworks frequently communicate messages of strength and hope.
The mural is scheduled for completion in late October and will serve as a dynamic part of a major update to the existing public plaza at the Crystal City Metro station entrance being spearheaded by the BID in partnership with JBG SMITH. Other improvements, planned for implementation this fall, will include new contemporary seating, enhanced landscape, accent lighting, and a more open layout.
The National Landing Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established to promote and activate the area’s business, retail, restaurant and residential community through placemaking, public art, transportation, economic development, events, marketing and promotion. NationalLanding.org