Art in Transit: Columbia Heights

East & West entrance, canopy over escalators.

Sankofa I and II, 2002
Akili Ron Anderson
Stained glass
51" l x 33" h x ¼" t (x 23 panels)

Columbia Heights
Sankofa I and II - 2002Sankofa is composed of 23 stained glass panels depicting Sankofa birds set in a background of Kente cloth-inspired designs. In the Akan culture of Ghana, the Sankofa bird, with its head turned over its shoulder, signifies looking to the past for guidance for the future. The artist, working with the community, used the image of Sankofa birds and Kente cloth to inspire residents to look back on their past to build the future of Columbia Heights.

This project was made possible in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.

Entrance passageway, bottom of escalators.

Woven Identities, 1999
Megan Walsh and Casa Del Pueblo Youth
Aerosol paint, MDF, Plexiglas, Voltarc fluorescent bulbs
33' l x 6' h

Columbia Heights
Woven Identities - 1999
The Columbia Heights Metro station hosts a sculptural mural titled, Woven Identities, created by local architect Megan Walsh and youth from the Casa Del Pueblo Community Center. The artwork features the faces of community members painted on panels. Colored neon lights attached behind several panels illuminate the mural.

This project was made possible in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.