Art in Transit: Dupont Circle

North entrance, inner circular parapet wall of escalator well, and circular bench base adjacent to North entrance.

Whitman & Miller Poems, 2007
Initiated by former Art in Transit Program Manager, Michael McBride
Engraved granite
Wall: 219' c
Bench: 11"/18" d

Dupont Circle Whitman - 2007

The Dresser / The Wound-Dresser (excerpt),
Walt Whitman

Thus in silence in dreams' projections,
Returning, resuming, I thread my way through the hospitals;
The hurt and wounded I pacify with soothing hand,
I sit by the restless all the dark night - some are so young;
Some suffer so much - I recall the experience sweet and sad . . .
Dupont Circle Miller - 2007

We Embrace, 2005
E. Ethelbert Miller

We fought against the invisible
We looked to one another for comfort
We held the hands of friends and lovers
We did not turn our backs
We embraced
We embraced.

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

Walter "Walt" Whitman was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. He is known to have written one of the great literary classics, a poetry collection titled, Leaves of Grass.

E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. Miller is the founder and former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. "E. Ethelbert Miller Day" was proclaimed in D.C. on September 28, 1978. In 2003 Miller's poems were selected for sculpture installations at the Petworth and DuPont Circle Metro stations. On April 19, 2015, Mr. Miller was inducted into the Washington DC Hall of Fame.