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Legal graffiti artists create murals around Washington, D.C. as past of MuralsDC

Through the MuralsDC program, legal graffiti artists have partnered with local youth groups to create vibrant, thought-provoking and contemporary works around the city.

Artist: G. Byron Peck with City Arts DC

The second of two murals that didn't use aerosol painting techniques, this instead uses a German mineral paint that looks like liquid glass and is designed to last 100 years. The bright hues echo those in stained-glass windows at Shiloh Baptist Church across the street. Oval portraits of Langston Hughes and Carter Woodson flank scenes of the block's renovation.


1435 Meridian Pl. NW

Artist: Aniekan Udofia with Midnight Forum

The owner of a private residence volunteered his wall so students from Bell Multicultural High School could transform a dreary alley into a setting for a colorful blend of faces, hip-hop speakers, bubbles and a pair of hands reaching for education.


615 Division Ave. NE

Lead artist: Maurice Hill with Ward 7 Arts Collaborative

Twenty-year-old Maurice Hill, a graduate of Friendship Public Charter School, says his mural should be viewed from right to left. It serves as a mirror for residents to see themselves and their community, but not through rose-colored glasses. "I didn't want it to be a hold-hands, we-are-the-world thing," Hill says. The progression shows how the historically black community changed with the influx of different groups. The last panel represents a bright future as people learn from one another. There are no words here, and that's intentional, Hill says. "I want people to think about what they're seeing," he says.

"The Crane"

400 Florida Ave. NW

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