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Want to help tattoo a street?

A new piece of art is coming to an unlikely venue: The pavement of a major avenue a few blocks from the White House. And you're invited this weekend to be part of the team that will turn the blacktop muti-colored and leave a longstanding mark on prime real estate of the city.

In an effort to boost arts in the District, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities chose artist Steed Taylor to paint a complex Celtic knot, known as the "Daughters and Sons Knot," on Vermont Ave. NW between H and Eye streets.

Dubbed a "road tattoo," the thinking is that roads are the skin of a city, and like a person who inks a close-held message into his being, the medallion is intended to enshrine those who sacrificed in wartime into the collective memory. Hidden in the design will be the names of the children of local soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

A similar project in Orange, New Jersey started with a piece of art drawn over a grid of 2x2 inch squares, which is then sketched onto pavement on a scale of 4x4' squares, and filled in with paint.

As a result of the DC project, there will be traffic and parking restrictions along the 800 block of Vermont Avenue, NW this weekend, beginning on Friday after rush hour. Those interested in helping out between 7am and 7pm Saturday and Sunday should go to the Web sites of Gallery Plan b or Steed Taylor.

By Luke Rosiak  | July 20, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  District  
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