LOVE artist creates new 20,000 sq. ft. rainbow-colored lawn mural at the National Building Museum

Creator of the popular LOVE mural in Washington DC’s Blagden Alley, Lisa Marie Thalhammer has debuted a 20,000 sq. ft. rainbow-colored artwork on the lawn of the National Building Museum .The temporary public artwork is titled “Equilateral Network” and is sponsored by the DowntownDC BID in partnership with the museum.

Tasked with creating an outdoor artwork that would allow visitors to safely enjoy being together while social distancing as the District still recovers from the COVID-19 pandemci, Thalhammer;s design pieces together a series of pink equilateral triangles and walking paths, comfortably spaced 6 feet apart from each other.

Inspired by Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s use of sacred geometry in his original 1791 city plan for the nation’s capital, she chose to focus her design on equilateral triangles as symbols of balance and justice.  Coinciding with the start of PRIDE month, the use of color is also an important element to this artwork, as rainbow spectrums and pink triangles are both historic symbols of identity and gay rights activism.

“This balanced, steady and strong geometry is highlighted in a proud pink amongst a healing full-color rainbow spectrum and is meant to inspire feelings of calm, unity, peace, equity and joy,” explains Thalhammer.

“Equilateral Network” is open to the public and available to visit 24/7 through the summer.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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