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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 28, 2014
CONTACT: Angela Fox, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-412-9430
Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – Crystal City is sparkling and now sparking with more incoming art. The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) and Vornado/Charles E. Smith are excited to have metal artist Ethan Kerber and street artist Kevin Irvin create and launch two new projects in a new pocket plaza right on Crystal Drive.
Ethan will fabricate his work in Crystal City at TechShop, a 21,000 square foot innovative maker space. TechShop gives him access to state of the art tools and machinery to cut, weld, and construct this large-scale sculpture. In addition to providing artists with a space to create new work, TechShop provides members access to 3D printers, laser cutters, plastics and electronics labs, a machine shop, a wood shop, a metal working shop, a textiles department, welding stations and a waterjet cutter. With comprehensive instruction, workshops, and training classes, TechShop makes it possible to do anything from prototyping product design to exploring the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment.
On the opposite side of the plaza, local artist Kevin Irvin will respond to Ethan’s work with on-site live painting of two colorful murals that complement Kerber’s installation. Kevin Irvin is no stranger to Crystal City. He has used his graffiti style art making at various projects in Crystal City including Crystal Flight Airplanes, Marine Corps Marathon, G40: The Summit, and most recently at the Crystal Wynwood Mural at 1900 Crystal Drive.
“We are so excited to bring these projects to the heart of Crystal City,” said Angela Fox, President/CEO of the Crystal City BID. “This collaboration with TechShop, two amazing artists, and Vornado, who built this fun new open space where the work will be installed, perfectly reflects the kinds of innovative partnerships and projects that are transforming Crystal City.”
The works will be constructed and installed during September. Crystal City residents, workers, and visitors can watch the artists at work and are encouraged to take photos of themselves with the project, and hashtag #crystalart. Find out more information about Ethan Kerber, Kevin Irvin, painting/welding schedules and TechShop at crystalcity.org.
About the Crystal City Business Improvement District
The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is INNOVATIVE, ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.