Public Art Commissions

2022 Art Commissions

Public Art Commissions Selected for 11th Street Bridge Park

Four local DC-area, all-women artist teams to create art pieces tied to park’s design principles and values

Read full Press Release here: Public Art Commissions Selected for 11th Street Bridge Park Press Release FINAL

1. Navy Yard Wall

Our Land by Nicole Bourgea & Mickey Demas

Our Land is a recognition of the people who have cared and are still caring for the land where the Bridge Park will be constructed. This mural features members of the native Piscataway Tribe and Ward 8 farmer JJ Boone propagating a native Paw Paw tree. 

Artists Nicole Bourgea & Mickey Demas


2. Navy Yard Underpass

Biophilia by Becky Borlan

Biophilia is defined as the innate human instinct to connect with nature and other living beings. This engaging sculpture is inspired by the native and non native plant life that grows along the edge of the Anacostia river. This sculpture is comprised of overlapping plant cut outs, an engaging mirrored surface for pedestrians during the day and a colored lighting program during night time. 

Artist Becky Borlan

3. Hammock Grove

Hammock Grove by Aliana Grace Bailey, Rhea Beckett & Syreeta C

The Hammock Grove is a grassy area that consists of poles from which 10 individual hammocks will be strung for the public’s enjoyment. This popular element lends a casual air of a backyard and will attract all ages but particularly younger visitors. Each hammock will be unique and a special color scheme, named after and honor a specific theme, story, or place relevant to DC culture. Hammock posts will feature a collage relevant to the hammock’s theme. 


4. Small Business Kiosk

Small Business Kiosk by River East Design Center, Anna McCorvey
The Kiosk will be a multi-functional mobile unit featuring local businesses that can be moved to different locations on the 11th Street Bridge Park and nearby events. This mobile unit will engage local entrepreneurs and residents incorporating the design principles of accessibility, reflecting the east of the river neighborhood, flexibility and connectivity. 
Artist Sophie Morley
Artist Anna McCorvey

Major Art Commission

Congratulations to DC-based artists Martha Jackson Jarvis and Njena Surae Jarvis of Jackson Jarvis Studio for the park’s first and largest commissioned artwork — “Anacostia’s Sunrise/Sunset Portals”Rendering courtesy of Jackson Jarvis Studio/OLIN + OMA 

Hear more from the artists about the design process and history: 11th Street Bridge Park Announces Selection of Major Commissioned Artwork

Read full press release here: 11th Street Bridge Park Announces Selection of Major Commissioned Artwork PRESS RELEASE

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Curatorial Committee

  • Angela Adams, Director, Arlington Public Art (Arlington, VA)
  • Hallie Boyce, Partner at OLIN
  • Nehemiah Dixon III, Artist & Director of Community Engagement at The Phillips Collection
  • Melani N. Douglass, Neighbor, Founder of Family Arts Museum & Director of Public Programs at National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • Hudie B. Fleming Jr., Neighbor
  • Skye-Ali Johnson, Neighbor & Student at Richard Wright Public Charter School
  • Scott Kratz, Neighbor & Director at 11th Street Bridge Park
  • Jason Long, Partner at OMA
  • Ahmad Woodard, Artist & Graduate of Anacostia High School


Nominating Committee

  • Jessica Stafford Davis, The Agora Culture
  • Lauren Dugan Glover & Alissa Maru, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities
  • Virginia Shore, Curator/Shore Art Advisory
  • Zoma Wallace, Independent Curator


Press/Program Inquiries

Press Inquiries: Jessica G. Smith,

Program Inquiries: Scott Kratz,

Art Renderings