CFA 20/NOV/08-11


Watha T. Daniel (Shaw) Neighborhood Library
1701 8th Street at Rhode Island Avenue, NW
United States

D.C. Department of Transportation
Watha T. Daniel (Shaw) Neighborhood Library
Public art installation
Review Type


Dear Mr. Ziemann:

In its meeting of 20 November, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed a concept proposal for the installation of Vivace, a sculpture by artist Craig Kraft, on the grounds of the new replacement building for the Watha T. Daniel (Shaw) Neighborhood Library, 1701 8th Street at Rhode Island Avenue, NW.

The Commission members expressed enthusiasm for the sculpture, which they approved in concept. The Commission did not endorse any particular location for its placement but recommended that the artist and the design team work together to find an appropriate site that would provide the desired prominence while not competing with the entrance to the new building. In order to provide a neutral setting for such an expressive piece of public art, the Commission suggested alternative locations for the sculpture, such as the southwest corner of the site as proposed by the design team, or the north side of the building in place of the proposed facade graphics.

Please coordinate with the staff for the final submission when ready. As always, the staff is available should additional questions arise.


Thomas E. Luebke, AIA

Christopher Ziemann
Transportation Planner, Ward 2
District Department of Transportation
2000 15th Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

cc: Craig Kraft, artist
Ginnie Cooper, D.C. Public Library
Peter Cook, Davis Brody Bond Aedas