Friday, April 18, 2008

Art on Call

Houses of Worship, painting by Mohamed Zakariya
Belmont Road & Tracy Place NW

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, call boxes for police and fire were a common site throughout Washington. The precursor to today's 911 Emergency call system, call boxes were the means citizens used to summon police and fire services. Today, these boxes have been restored and are part of a city project known as Art on Call.

L: The Presidents, (Wyoming Avenue & 23rd Street NW)
R: The Lindens, (Kalorama Road & 24th Street NW), both by
Peter Waddell

To date, call boxes in Kalorama and DuPont Circle have been fitted with art, as have boxes in the neighborhoods of Tenleytown, Woodley Park, and Mount Pleasant. These are just six of the 16 Art on Call boxes you can see in Kalorama. (To see larger photos, click on the images to enlarge.)

Left: Women of Influence (Kalorama Road & Tracy Place NW) by Peter Waddell
Center: Architects and Architecture (Wyoming Avenue & Connecticut Avenue NW), Supon Creative
Right: Unknown, meaning, I forgot to write down the artist and title...

To see examples of Art on Call boxes by Michael Ross, click here.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 4/08


The Artful Eye said...

I love when they make art out of utility. I wish they would do more of this here. Someone had started painting all the large utility boxes in Encinitas and it was spectacular.

We have miles and miles of road between towns that could use some good art. We definitely need some spiffing up here.

Michael Ross wonderful artist and I also enjoyed your post on the textile museum. Love Klimt.

D.C. Confidential said...

Andrea: I love it when stuff like this is repurposed in a creative way. There are a number of these call boxes in my neighborhood (Brightwood) and I'd love to see a similar project undertaken here.

By the way--I stopped in at Buzz this evening on my way home from my earlier event, but I just missed your sister's shin-dig. Everyone had packed up already and gone home! :-( One day, I'm sure I'll meet your sister.

The Artful Eye said...

Janet, Thanks for making the attempt to meet Gina.

Got to get my masculine/feminine thing going before Sunday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Maya said...

What a great idea. I love these! If I ever get there, I'll look for them.

Lisa Sarsfield said...

Oh these are fantastic! I wish I had one! It's great to see such detailed and unique art out where it can be appreciated and not just behind closed doors. I could spend ages looking at these!

D.C. Confidential said...

Andrea: I was really bummed not to meet her, esp. after googling her and learning she met her husband on a trip to Mt. Everest! What a cool story. I did note that she partners with the local humane society. I'm thinking of volunteering there, so maybe we'll run into each other one day!

Maya: They're a lot of fun and a great way to see this neighborhood and a number of embassies.

Lisa: I sometimes wish I had one, too. Wouldn't they be fabulous on display in a home? Can you imagine the collages you'd make in one of these! How fun would that be?

Maya said...

You should definitely volunteer! I volunteered here for the Animal Shelter for several years. I'm taking a break now to work on other things, but it is a great experience and nice to know you are helping the animals!