Tuesday, August 05, 2014

It was great while it lasted

The neon art that was installed as part of LUMEN8ANACOSTIA 2013 is no more. Many thanks to Craig Kraft (soon to be an Anacostia resident) who donated use of the light sculptures free of charge.  The neon lights was a great way to "lumen8" the corner of Good Hope and MLK Ave SE and welcome visitors to Anacostia's emerging arts district,  especially after the Anacostia sign went dark.  There was a request from the neighborhood to have the artwork deinstalled so it came down today. I was very sorry to see it go.  I am sure the lights will be missed but it was a great run! Here is to hoping that the Anacostia sign is relit soon! :) 

During "brighter" times





4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who in the neighborhood requested they be taken down? I have always enjoyed driving home and seeing these lights on. Was sad to see the Anacostia light off and will miss the other lights, too.

The Advoc8te said...

In my haste to approve a comment this morning I accidentally deleted the comment (blame my fat finger and my half shut eyes). I am hoping that the commentor comes back and reposts their comment which I thought was significant.

The gist of the comment (and I am paraphrasing here) was that they (the commentor) liked the lights and wanted them to stay and was frustrated at the people who requested the light sculptures be removed. In their words "Ward 8 has more issues to be concerned about than art." The commentor was so frustrated they considered a move to another part of the city.

Again -- apologies for accidentally deleting this comment and apologies for my poor paraphrasing. :)

The Advoc8te said...

In my haste to approve a comment this morning I accidentally deleted the comment (blame my fat finger and my half shut eyes). I am hoping that the commentor comes back and reposts their comment which I thought was significant.

The gist of the comment (and I am paraphrasing here) was that they (the commentor) liked the lights and wanted them to stay and was frustrated at the people who requested the light sculptures be removed. In their words "Ward 8 has more issues to be concerned about than art." The commentor was so frustrated they considered a move to another part of the city.

Again -- apologies for accidentally deleting this comment and apologies for my poor paraphrasing. :)

h st ll said...

Sad that Lumen8Anacostia is done for this year. I'm bout to email the mayor Cnclmbr Bowser and Catania and Barry to see what can be done. Everybody else should also!

I'm also down to donate to the fest.