“will be until March 8 through Memorial Day weekend.” Photo courtesy of Southwest BID
Extract from a press release:
Today, the world-class waterfront neighborhood of The Wharf, Washington, DC, in partnership with the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) and Italian-inspired culinary collective Officina, unveiled a crochet art installation in large-scale outdoor by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on International Women’s Day.
Photo courtesy of Southwest BID
The piece is the work of Los Angeles-based ‘wool bomber’ and international street artist, London Kaye. Kaye has been commissioned for a myriad of art installations, including murals in Times Square, a school bus wrap for The Gap, and a takeover of Kelly Clarkson’s TV show studio. This latest work featuring Vice President Harris is called “I’m Speaking” and is his largest installation to date, spanning 40 feet in width and 20 feet in height.
“The Wharf is delighted to be able to welcome London Kaye and her inspiring work to the neighborhood in honor of International Women’s Day,” said Jennifer Currie, Director of Public Programming for The Wharf. “We look forward to DC residents and visitors alike to see this impressive piece and hope it serves as a way to unite and further uplift our community. ”
The art installation was created as part of Love Across the USA, a community art initiative celebrating the voices of women. More than 150 women from across the country volunteered to participate in the installation by crocheting a loom in the finished piece.
“Creating a tribute to Kamala Harris for International Women’s Day was a no-brainer – there is no more powerful female model in the world,” said artist London Kaye. “It’s a huge company, but the outpouring of women who wanted to be a part of it was so great that we could easily have covered a football field. The spirit of unity is sewn into each square.
The large public placement of the crochet art installation was made possible through a partnership with SWBID, The Wharf and artist, London Kaye, who worked together to find the best location for the community to ‘benefit. The piece will hang on the quayside outside the popular Italian-inspired restaurant Officina along Maine Avenue. The installation will be visible from a variety of angles, including a striking view of Banneker Park across the street. The piece will be on display from March 8 through Memorial Day weekend, after which it will be moved to its permanent home.
“SWBID is honored to partner with The Wharf and London Kaye in celebrating International Women’s Day and all this day represents for our communities,” said Lexie Albe, Deputy Executive Director of SWBID. “We hope everyone in the neighborhood and across the district will come and take a look at this tribute to our first female vice president and the power of women’s voices everywhere.”
“One of the best things about our location at The Wharf is being part of such a vibrant community. We love being able to join with other partners in celebrating International Women’s Day in this unique and very DC way. We hope that Officina’s guests and passers-by will like this work of art and what it represents, ”said Officina owner Chef Nick Stefanelli.
A series of special menus will be presented at the restaurant during the life of the facility and the proceeds will go to the National Center for Children and Families, a Washington-based nonprofit child and family welfare agency that s ‘committed to serving the poor, the underprivileged, the abused and the neglected. and / or abandoned children, youth and their families.
To learn more about London Kaye’s work, please visit londonkaye.com. To reserve at Officina, please visit www.officinadc.com.