New York Avenue Showcases Romero Artwork

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By Alexis Neely

The next chapter in the New York Avenue Sculpture Project recently arrived in DowntownDC with the installation “Signals of a Long Road Together” by Mexico-City based sculptor Betsabeé Romero. 

The art installation opened Sept. 28 in the medians of New York Avenue between 12th and 13th streets and speaks to the phenomenon of human migration. 

Romero created the work by carving and painting tires into totemic structures, a process much like tattooing. After carving figures and intricate patterns into the sides and treads of each tire, she fills the grooves with a metallic paint that gives the entire sculpture a mystical glow.  

The New York Avenue Sculpture Project is a partnership started in 2010 between the DowntownDC Business Improvement District, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Avenue) and the DC Office of Planning to illustrate the museum’s commitment to the artistic beautification of New York Avenue. This is the fourth iteration of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project, and the first to utilize lighting. 

The museum hosted a free community day in celebration of the project’s opening, with food, free admission to the museum and remarks from Romero, BID President & CEO Neil Albert and others. 

“We believe that DowntownDC is the arts capital of the United States of America, and we believe this display is another example of that,” Albert said. 

The sculptures will be on view through Sept. 20, 2020.