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Washington, D.C.’s First Mural of JFK Graces Pepco Substation

Matthew Riegner spent a month-and-a-half painting the mural

On Pepco’s substation beside the Friendship Heights Metro station, residents and tourists alike can discover Washington, D.C.’s newest mural, created by Fairfax-based artist Matthew Riegner. According to Washingtonian, this is the first known mural of the 35th President in D.C. proper.

The mural will be removed around late 2017 to early 2018 once upgrades to the Pepco substation are complete. The purpose of creating the murals was to spruce up the area that was earlier an eyesore. Riegner also chose for JFK to be the focus of his artwork because of the location’s proximity to American University where Kennedy produced his 1963 commencement speech.

Jonathan Bender, the chairman of the local advisory neighborhood commission, told Washingtonian that he hopes for the area to eventually become a gallery space for community members.

See some shots of the mural when it was just a work-in-progress below.