Chinatown Barnes Dance

Submitted by Charles Bergen Studios LLC

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Client

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $140,000

Project Team

Artist

Charles Bergen

Charles Bergen Studios LLC

Client

The District of Columbia the Arts and Humanities and the

The District of Columbia the Arts and Humanities and the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs

Overview

The Dragon Dance that celebrates and ushers in the New Lunar Year gets top billing in the diagonal crosswalks of the intersection. The long curves, colorful scales and expressive heads of the dragon lead the pedestrians from one corner across to the other. The twelve lunar zodiac symbols in the gaps between the perpendicular crosswalk bands forever reenact the race across the wild river that determined their sequence in the lunar calendar and allowed them to become zodiac signs forever. This two-dimensional piece wasinstalled using a preformed thermoplastic to the high-visibility crosswalk.