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The Washington National Cathedral is the canvas for a very blue art installation

Artist Imran Qureshi is covering the steps with swirls of blue paint

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The blue paint on the Washington National Cathedral’s steps is definitely deliberate. It’s part of Washington’s inaugural By the People Festival, and WAMU reports that the brushstrokes all over the steps of the cathedral are by artist Imran Qureshi. He’s been working on it in time for the festival’s kickoff on June 21, and the blue color is inspired around the idea of “life-giving” water pouring out of the building.

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Here’s a closer look at the intricate designs within the blue paint splatter:

The art festival is meant to be along the lines of Art Basel or SXSW. Qureshi’s work at the cathedral will be joined by a projection by artist Nick Cave, and art will pop up all over the city as well.