Janel Leppin

Woven Women Listening Sculpture Art in Glover Park

Janel Leppin
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I am a local weaver who is applying for the PABC Public Art Building Communities grant through the DCAH Commission for the Arts and Humanities to create a sculpture for a piece of public art in my neighborhood, Glover Park. GP has been long known as a neighborhood where artists and musicians have lived. It has quietly been a place where the arts have flourished but rarely is celebrated publicly. My piece Woven Women Listening will be a symbol of that joy and recognition of past and present residents working in the arts in our area.

Woven Women Listening will be a life sized sculpture of a woman holding her hand to her ear. Her upper body is doubled showing that she is having an out of body experience. Large boldly colored waves of energy radiate around her. I will be using recycled plastic to weave colors around an iron skeleton which local iron worker Brandon Benko will craft. The weaving will be displayed at the corner of Calvert and 39th St NW.

Woven Women Listening is an ode to the many famous musicians, artists and writers who live and work in Glover Park; past and present. The image also honors supporters and appreciators of the arts effectively including most residents in the neighborhood.

Glover Park has very few pieces of public art. At ANC3B meetings, residents expressed a strong interest in public art. I hope the piece will boost interest and business on the Wisconsin Avenue corridor as people come to see the sculpture as well as help to beautify the Glover Park area. The use of recycled material will open a dialogue about ways to better the environment. The subject matter of the piece will show how Washington, D.C. celebrates its communities of artists and neighbors who are people of color.

The goals of creating Woven Woman Listening is three fold. Glover Park has a long history of great musicians living and working in the neighborhood. Additionally, as a local resident, I have noticed that Wisconsin Avenue has lost many businesses recently. The neighborhood has very little public art despite the artistic nature of residents. I want to make a beautiful woven piece of art in order to honor and highlight the great musicians who live and work here while inspiring students to enjoy public art. This sculpture will also boost local businesses by installing a vibrant piece of public art in the neighborhood. The piece will bring a fun and inspiring addition where residents can regularly view the piece. People driving up Calvert St and 39th St Nw will also enjoy the art from the street. My piece Woven Women Listening is an ode to what makes Glover Park special; it's artistic residents and appreciators of art. Most importantly, the artwork shows that residents stand in solidarity against racism and intolerance.

The text on the book is from "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin the text will be on the plaque so people can see it clearly from in front of the statue.

“I know that what I am asking is impossible. But in our time, as in every time, the impossible is the least that one can demand—and one is, after all, emboldened by the spectacle of human history in general, and American [Black] history in particular, for it testifies to nothing less than the perpetual achievement of the impossible.” - James Baldwin

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