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Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District Select Artist Juan Pineda for Mural Project

The second installment of Bethesda’s “Paint the Town,” an initiative to promote public art murals in downtown Bethesda, will bring color and design to the plaza area and bus bay at 3 Bethesda Metro Center. The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and Arts Brookfield announce that Washington, DC-based artist Juan Pineda was selected for the job. The mural will encompass the overhang above the escalator, five substantial columns and a bench at the base of the escalator that stretches along the bus terminal sidewalk.

Juan Pineda. Photo Courtesty Bethesda UP.

Juan Pineda. Photo Courtesy Bethesda UP.

Juan Pineda has been painting murals in the Greater Washington, DC area since the mid-1990’s. His distinct style, often characterized as urban-contemporary, can be seen in his murals at Crystal City/WeWorks, in Petworth, at Howard University, in Adams Morgan and elsewhere. Juan received the Proclamation Award from the City of Hyattsville for his mural, “In Memory of Freddy.” He also specializes in restoration and preservation of public work and was recognized by the The Washington Post for restoring the only remaining outdoor Latino mural in Adams Morgan entitled, “A People without Murals is a Demuralized People.”

Juan was chosen from a talented pool of 50 artists from Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia who applied for the opportunity. The application included a project rendering which outlined his plans for the space. His concept features bold, interlocking patterns and colors that will transform the plaza and create a vibrant passageway from downtown Bethesda to the Metro; a captivating piece of public art that highlights the community’s commitment to the arts.

The artist selection was made by a committee of Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and Arts Brookfield team members. The dimensions of the site are as follows:

  • Overhang – 158′ L x 7.5′ H
  • Columns – 12′ H x 6.5′ C
  • Bench – 90′ L x 2′ W x 1.5′ H

Juan will begin painting on Monday, August 22, 2016 and will complete the mural within a few weeks.

The mission of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Inc., 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to create and implement arts and entertainment projects that contribute to the artistic, cultural and economic growth of downtown Bethesda.

(via Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. Photo courtesy of Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.)