B.K. Adams’, AKA “I am Art”, installation work has come to H Street. His latest work graces the vacant lot on the north side of the 300 block of H Street NE. Adams is known for using found objects to create installation art around the city in an effort to beautify the surroundings and as he puts it to “elevate people’s minds.”
Set on a parched plot of land where only the strongest weeds survive, painted bicycles and a chair rise up to the sky. Smiling oil drums greet the passer by that strolls down the newly laid sidewalk. A pair of legs emerge from the ground, a sculpture reminiscent of local artist Mark Jenkin’s figurative street art. In keeping with the same these, painted pipes also stick out of the ground like the periscopes of an underground civilization seeking to observe what is going on above. A ladder to nowhere and a couple of poles complete this visual narrative.
The installation will take part in the upcoming Artventures on H, an H Street gallery walk that will occur next Thursday, June 17 from 5-7:30pm. Adams’ installation adds interest and color to the western entrance of the H street corridor where once there was nothing but vacant buildings and lots waiting and wanting. This latest work announces the neighborhood as an Arts gateway. In many ways, his work stands in testimony to the great changes that have taken place here over the past few years like a monument paying tribute to all that has happened and all that is yet to come.
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