Art & Light at the Yards


For the last few weeks, an old abandoned building in the Navy Yard area near Yards Park has been the site of a public art project called Art Yards. Seven internationally renowned artists have turned the blank exterior and surrounding lot into a massive, evolving canvas. Giant murals have adorned both the building’s facade and the empty parking lot, and there have been a few events to showcase the unique, creative, offbeat works.


This past weekend, we braved the cold, windy weather and headed down to the Navy Yard for a Chalk it Up event for families. Street artist Michael William Kirby unveiled a fantastic large-scale surface mural, and kids had the opportunity to create their own chalk masterpieces and take a 3-D perspective photo within Kirby’s vast piece.


Starting tomorrow, December 12, through Saturday, December 14, Art Yards will be presenting the artists’ works in a whole new light — literally. The final unveiling of the completed murals and chalk installations will be accompanied by a light show by video artist trio 3-Search, Integrated Visions, and United VJ’s. They’ll take place each night from 6-10pm. And while this isn’t touted as a family event, it seems like something any age could appreciate.

Sure, you’ve got your pick of light shows around the area for the holiday season, but this one sounds like a pretty cool stand-out.

Art Yards is located at M Street and New Jersey Avenue SE. If you’re in the Navy Yard area, it’s worth stopping by to see the murals, some up to three stories tall!

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