PORTAL

Submitted by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong

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Client: Washington DC Government, Department of General Services (Percent for Art)

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Completion date: 2021

Project Team

Commissioner

Sandy Bellamy

DC Department of General Services

Fabrication

Danny McCauley

Elemental Metalworks

Engineering

Matthew Daw & Shahab Torabian

SGH

Overview

PORTAL is a site-specific permanent public artwork installed at the front entrance of Jefferson Middle School. This pair of two constellations of 16 vibrantly colored steel arches are enwrapped with empowering quotations. PORTAL pays homage to the building’s historical legacy as a DC public library through this curated selection of quotes from important literary and cultural figures of color.

Goals

PORTAL invites students, teachers, community members and passersby to observe, to participate, to dialogue.