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Here's a Map of the Murals Around Columbia Heights

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D.C. has a lot of outdoor public art, but murals in particular are rampant all over the city. However, some neighborhoods are more paint-covered than others and one of the most most mural-heavy areas of the city is Columbia Heights. Even before the DCUSA building went up and changed the landscape around 14th & Irving, murals have given life to and explored the culture of this little patch of the Green Line. Curbed will continue to map murals throughout the city so stay tuned (and tip us if we missed one) but today, take a look at the artwork brightening the brick and concrete in Columbia Heights.


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1. The Watcher

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14th Street Northwest & Girard Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

The two (kinda creepy) eyes in the park on 14th Street was actually meant by mentoring program Albus Cavus to represent wise elders watching the decisions of the younger generation. Photo by Flickr user art around.

2. My Culture, Mi Gente

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3064 15th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

The Joel Bergner-helmed mural is just one of many that celebrates the neighborhood's rich diversity and culture right across from the metro. Photo by Flickr user rockcreek.

3. Scout

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12th Street Northwest & W Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

The characters in this mural appear to be watering flowers, but since it's a Kelly Towles mural, everything about it is just a little sinister. Photo by Flickr user thisisbossi.

4. Harriet Tubman Elementary

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11th Street Northwest & Kenyon Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20010

This mural is the largest on this map as it goes all the way around the elementary school's adjoining soccer field. It's also a combination of painted work and mosaic. Photo by Sara Hoffman.

5. La Casa

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1436 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20010

This long mural from Marela Zacarias sits along the side of the La Casa men's shelter (not to be confused with the building in Mount Pleasant also known as La Casa). Photo by Elvert Barnes.

6. City of God/Cidade de Deus Series: Rio de Janeiro and Washington, DC

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3222 11th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20010

This mural with the mosaic touches that celebrates the culture of the admittedly infamous Brazilian neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro can be found on the side of nonprofit arts space Bloom Bars. Photo by David Gaines.

7. Seasons in the City

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Sherman Avenue Northwest & Barry Place Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

This is another mural courtesy of Albus Cavus and it has a similar aesthetic to The Watcher. Photo by Daniel Lobo via Flickr user art around.

8. Mary and Daniel Loughran Clubhouse Mural

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2500 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

This gorgeous and multi-faceted mural from artist Byron Peck was one of the murals throughout the city that were funded by the D.C. Commission of the Arts & Humanities when Adrian Fenty was mayor. Photo by David Gaines.

9. Chuck Brown & MCA Memorial

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Columbia Road Northwest & Sherman Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

Not all murals are terribly public. This memorial to fallen musicians Chuck Brown and Adam "MCA" Yauch is in an alley. Photo by Valerie Paschall.

10. Welcome to the World of Columbia Heights

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1400 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20010

This mural, courtesy of the Latin American Youth Center covers what had been a gross gray storage shed close to the Columbia Heights metro. Photo by Flickr user Mr. T in DC

11. Let's Meet At the Corner

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13th Street Northwest & Park Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20010

This punny work is one of the newer murals in Columbia Heights but gives new life to what would otherwise be a tired granddad joke. Photo by Flickr user anokarina.

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1. The Watcher

14th Street Northwest & Girard Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009

The two (kinda creepy) eyes in the park on 14th Street was actually meant by mentoring program Albus Cavus to represent wise elders watching the decisions of the younger generation. Photo by Flickr user art around.

14th Street Northwest & Girard Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

2. My Culture, Mi Gente

3064 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009

The Joel Bergner-helmed mural is just one of many that celebrates the neighborhood's rich diversity and culture right across from the metro. Photo by Flickr user rockcreek.

3064 15th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

3. Scout

12th Street Northwest & W Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009

The characters in this mural appear to be watering flowers, but since it's a Kelly Towles mural, everything about it is just a little sinister. Photo by Flickr user thisisbossi.

12th Street Northwest & W Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

4. Harriet Tubman Elementary

11th Street Northwest & Kenyon Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20010

This mural is the largest on this map as it goes all the way around the elementary school's adjoining soccer field. It's also a combination of painted work and mosaic. Photo by Sara Hoffman.

11th Street Northwest & Kenyon Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20010

5. La Casa

1436 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20010

This long mural from Marela Zacarias sits along the side of the La Casa men's shelter (not to be confused with the building in Mount Pleasant also known as La Casa). Photo by Elvert Barnes.

1436 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20010

6. City of God/Cidade de Deus Series: Rio de Janeiro and Washington, DC

3222 11th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20010

This mural with the mosaic touches that celebrates the culture of the admittedly infamous Brazilian neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro can be found on the side of nonprofit arts space Bloom Bars. Photo by David Gaines.

3222 11th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20010

7. Seasons in the City

Sherman Avenue Northwest & Barry Place Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

This is another mural courtesy of Albus Cavus and it has a similar aesthetic to The Watcher. Photo by Daniel Lobo via Flickr user art around.

Sherman Avenue Northwest & Barry Place Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

8. Mary and Daniel Loughran Clubhouse Mural

2500 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009

This gorgeous and multi-faceted mural from artist Byron Peck was one of the murals throughout the city that were funded by the D.C. Commission of the Arts & Humanities when Adrian Fenty was mayor. Photo by David Gaines.

2500 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

9. Chuck Brown & MCA Memorial

Columbia Road Northwest & Sherman Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

Not all murals are terribly public. This memorial to fallen musicians Chuck Brown and Adam "MCA" Yauch is in an alley. Photo by Valerie Paschall.

Columbia Road Northwest & Sherman Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

10. Welcome to the World of Columbia Heights

1400 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20010

This mural, courtesy of the Latin American Youth Center covers what had been a gross gray storage shed close to the Columbia Heights metro. Photo by Flickr user Mr. T in DC

1400 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20010

11. Let's Meet At the Corner

13th Street Northwest & Park Road Northwest, Washington, DC 20010

This punny work is one of the newer murals in Columbia Heights but gives new life to what would otherwise be a tired granddad joke. Photo by Flickr user anokarina.

13th Street Northwest & Park Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20010