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Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Duke Ellington statue installed in Northwest D.C.


A 20-foot, stainless steel statue of jazz legend Duke Ellington was set in place at Ellington Plaza in Northwest D.C. on Thursday morning. Sculptor Zachary Oxman, right, and co-worker Zach Janiga, installed the statue, titled “Encore.” (Linda Davidson - The Washington Post)
A 20-foot, stainless steel statue of jazz legend Duke Ellington was installed at Ellington Plaza in Northwest D.C. on Thursday morning.

The statue, titled “Encore,” was created by sculptor Zachary Oxman, a D.C. native.

Ellington is depicted sitting on a giant treble clef while playing a curved piano.

The statue is in front of the Howard Theatre at Florida Avenue and T Street NW.

The Shaw/Uptown area of the District was chosen as the site of the statue because Ellington spent his childhood and early years of his career in the neighborhood.

Oxman was commissioned to complete the piece by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

View more pictures after the jump.


Zach Janiga helped install the statue. (Linda Davidson - The Washington Post)


Sculptor Zachary Oxman climbs atop his creation. (Linda Davidson - The Washington Post)

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