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At 14th and U Streets, the public art installation called The Walkway officially opened to the public on January 10. Marshall Moya Design was selected to design the installation, which was funded by the D.C. Department of Transportation’s Vision Zero Traffic Safety Initiative, the Mayor’s office, the D.C. Council of Arts and Humanities, and Age-Friendly DC. The installation explores the full range of human interaction which occurs on our streets and in public spaces.
The goal is to inspire understanding and respect through reflection and shared storytelling. The installation is meant to simulate the experience of walking down a busy street, using the form of a Venturi Tunnel. On the walls of the exhibit are faces and authentic stories collected and displayed anonymously. Audio triggered by motion sensors further simulates the experience of being on a busy sidewalk. The stories told range from positive to negative, from seemingly harmless to disturbing and threatening. Visitors to the exhibit are encouraged to provide feedback through a project website that collects survey data and on Instagram.