Spanish artist David de la Mano will be on Lee Highway at the end of this month painting a large public mural on the wall of KH Art & Framing. "We couldn't believe it when the Spanish Embassy called Arlington Arts & Cultural Affairs to let them know an artist doing work for them was also interested in painting a mural in Arlington," said LHA President Ginger Brown. "We knew we had to jump at this chance to make this come together."
And it has come together very quickly. Just a few weeks ago the Spanish Embassy made that call. The Lee Highway Alliance was eager to make the mural a reality as public art is a component of their guiding principles to “establish a welcoming, vibrant, and attractive corridor” and “enhance character through open spaces and community gathering places.”
Typically, the procurement and approval process for public art projects is quite lengthy. The David de la Mano mural is able to move forward so quickly, however, because it was privately solicited and is being funded by the Embassy of Spain and a private donation to LHA by JBG Smith. LHA hopes to use this first mural to spur interest in future public art projects that will be processed through Arlington County and be created by local artists.
David de la Mano is a Spanish contemporary artist that will be creating new works for the foyer of the Embassy of Spain before coming to Lee Highway. He is best known for his stunning murals often depicting silhouettes, trees and other monochromatic imagery. His large-scale, black and white pieces provoke reactions among the viewers and encourage their emotions and ideas through a minimalist aesthetic.
LHA invites the public to join them for the unveiling of the mural on September 30 at 5:00 pm at KH Art & Framing. The mural is supported by Arlington Arts, Spain Arts & Culture, JBG Smith, KH Framing, Potomac Paint and BCN Homes.
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