Celebrate Restoration of Mondrian Murals

Community Invited to Celebrate Sept. 25 at Capitol Hill Townhouses

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Volunteers work in the shade of the underpass. Courtesy: B. Ready

The restoration of the Byron Peck mural located at Sixth Street at Virginia Avenue SE is now complete, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B Chair Brian Ready (6B03) announced Monday.

Community volunteers, the Guerrilla Gardeners of Washington DC and the commissioner worked hard to complete this project, gathering nearly every Saturday for the last three months to scrape and clean the site and then, to repaint the murals.

The volunteers have extended an invite to the Capital Hill Community to view and celebrate the restoration of this neighborhood mural.

Piet Mondrian was the inspiration for the 13 murals panels on the walls of the underpass painted by Byron Peck in 1988 during the administration of Mayor Marion Barry. The initial creation of the murals on Sixth Street were supported by a grant from the DC Arts and Humanities Commission and provided jobs for the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program for youths who assisted with the project.

The celebration of the restoration of these murals will take place Saturday Sept. 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Townhomes on Capitol Hill (750 Sixth SE) in the Summer Side Garden. You may park in the lot for this event.

Ready extended a special thank you to all the volunteers that worked to restore this mural, Guerrilla Gardeners of Washington DC for their support and the Awesome Foundation DC, which provided a grant to fund this project.