I first noticed the three murals on N Street after spending a morning cheering on my husband as he ran the Rock’n Roll half marathon on North Capitol street. It was an absolute miserable day for a race, a cold and rainy grey morning. Suddenly there was a pop of colour as I spotted Momo’s murals taking up an entire wall above a parking lot at 51 N Street NE. Then right across the street was Kyle Hughes-Odgers’ work at 1300 1st Street NE, which is a three-sided, four-story wrap of a DC government building. Last but not least, within the same block is Rubin’s geometrical mural which is a bit tucked away at 33 New York Avenue NE (but visible from N St, across from 51 N street if you know what you’re looking for).
The interesting part about the N Street Murals urban intervention from these three different artists is that they’re a collaboration between Art Whino Gallery and The JBG Companies, a real estate investment firm which develops office, residential and retail properties, including many in that part of town. Since NoMa is still strugling to develop its identity as a neighbourhood and attract bars, restaurants and businesses that will make it a weekend destination for those who live nearby I love that this project adds a drab of colour to an otherwise dull block and gives me a reason to want to go visit.