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Description of Pictures: An Enormous Rainbow Mural Graces The National Building Museum Lawn During Pride Month
June 5, 20218:00 AM ET
The wide lawn of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., has taken on a riot of rainbow hues in a geometric mural designed by artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer.
The installation, titled Equilateral Network, was designed to create spaces for social distancing with its triangular grid. Unpainted sections of lawn provide walking paths, and equilateral triangles lined in pink define spaces for people to sit, separated by six feet of distance.
Thalhammer designed the work in the fall of 2020, when social distancing was a pressing concern. Its opening now coincides with Pride month, creating a colorful new space for gatherings in the newly reopened city.
"I really wanted to do a piece that would help bring a balance and a calm and also a joy and a wonder to the city," says Thalhammer, who splits her time between D.C. and her native Saint Louis. "You come and you sit in the piece and it shifts the energy of the space."
To create her design, Thalhammer took inspiration from Pierre L'Enfant, the French-American engineer and city planner who was tasked by George Washington with creating a plan for a new federal district along the Potomac. L'Enfant's design endures in modern D.C., where wide avenues cut angles across the city's grid.
Thalhammer was fond of L'Enfant's use of stars and triangles in his plan for the city – and found herself particularly drawn to the equilateral triangles that took shape in his designs.
"I really love the equilateral triangle as a symbol of justice, as a symbol of balance as it relates to our three bodies of government and how they're equal," she says.
Other aspects of Thalhammer's design came from another source: LGBTQ pride.
The pink triangles in her design have particular meaning, she explains. "Some of it goes back to the Holocaust, of gay people being identified with the pink triangle. And then it was als ...More...
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EQUIL_210620_28.JPG: "Equilateral Network"
An Artistic Social Distancing Lawn Art Design
Lisa Marie Studio
By LOVE Mural Artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer
Sponsored by the DowntownDC BID
In partnership with the National Building Museum
Tasked with creating an outdoor artwork that would allow visitors to safely enjoy being together while social distancing, Lisa Marie’s design pieces together a series of pink equilateral triangles and walking paths, comfortably spaced 6 feet apart from each other. Inspired by Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s use of sacred geometry in his original 1791 city plan for Washington, DC, Lisa Marie chose to focus her design on equilateral triangles as symbols of balance and justice. The use of color is also an important element to this artwork, as rainbow spectrums and pink triangles are both historic symbols of identity and gay rights activism. Artist Lisa Marie states that, “This balanced, steady and strong geometry is highlighted in a proud pink amongst a healing full-color rainbow spectrum and is meant to inspire feelings of calm, unity, peace, equity and joy.”
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2021 photos: This year was filled with hope. Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us but it was hoped that restoring sanity to the White House. the rapid vaccine role-out, and a government that finally cared would put things back to normal again. But the force was strong in the evil anti-vaxxer movement and the virus variants made quick use of that so we're still dealing with this crap.
Trips this year:
after getting fully vaccinated, I made a trip down to Asheville, NC in May to visit my dad and his wife Dixie,
in mid-July, I made a quick trip up to Stockbridge, MA to see the Norman Rockwell Museum again as well as Daniel Chester French's place @ Chesterwood.