This Public Art Project Funded by The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Public Art Building Communities Grant features five historic cast iron Fire Call Boxes and one Police Callboxes. Mothballed in the early 1970s these neglected but robust historic elements have been restored and now tell the history of the community when the Callboxes were in use along Rhode Island Ave NE.
The six historical themes are the Metropolitan Branch Line, The Maryland and Washington Railway, The Columbian Harmony Cemetery, the History of the Callboxes, and the musician, composer and performer Bo Diddley.
The project was realized through the collaboration of Friends of Rhode Island Ave Community Partner, Mara Cherkasky Urban Historian, Charles Bergen Studios Artists, Brandon Bailey, Aaron Rogers, Chris Harding, Stephanie Reyes with additional assistance from:
Construction –HAS Construction DC CBE
DC Metalworker–Rare Earth Metals
Fabrication by Fabritek, Daniel Gray and Laran Bronze.
The Fire and Police Callbox Public Art is located at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE.
(Image and text courtesy Charles Bergen)