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Symphonic by Chris Tousimis Dedicated in Brookland

Symphonic, a new sculpture by Christ Tousimis, will be dedicated Sunday, November 10 at 1pm, with an open house immediately following from 1:30-3pm at Portrait Square located at 3058 7th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017 in Brookland.  Artist Chris Tousimis will be in attendance.

Washington, DC sculptor, Chris Tousimis recently unveiled his latest original work of art commissioned by Madison Homes’ new community of townhomes, Portrait Square at Brookland. Inspired by the close-knit nature of Brookland, Tousimis created a composition for the sculpture symbolic of the neighborhood’s strong sense of community. The sculpture’s three separate shapes combine to form one unit working together, representing the interconnecting elements that create a vibrant community. Created in stainless steel, the sculpture will have a reflective finish mirroring its surroundings, similar to Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate (also known as “The Bean”) in Chicago.

“On the most basic level, I would like the piece to be something the community can engage with, feel proud of, and deepen their sense of place.” says Tousimis.

Tousimis, a Washington, DC native, has maintained a studio along the Potomac River for 15 years. He was a successful oil painter before deciding to experiment with sculpture. “The years that I spent creating paintings built the foundational skills of composition nuance and sense of rhythm so key in the art of sculpture,” explains Tousimis.

His preference for working with metal began as a child, watching his father, a scientist and pioneer in electron probe micro-analysis, experiment with bouncing electron beams from polished metals. Tousimis learned to work with heavy automotive equipment to create compound curves and smooth finishes of unmalleable steel, allowing his sculptures to take on a flowing, almost fluid quality. Some recent examples of his work in Washington, DC can be seen on Brandywine Street NW and Logan Circle.

Marty Schnider, Portrait Square at Brookland partner, commissioned Symphonic. Schnider seeks to incorporate public art into each new development his real estate firm Fred Schnider Investment Group builds.

Learn more about the sculptor, Chris Tousimis by visiting: ChrisTousimis.com

(via Smith | Schnider, LLC. Photo: Sculpture Symphonic by Chris Tousimis. Courtesy of Smith | Schnider, LLC.)