Client: Washington DC Government, Department of General Services (Percent for Art)
Location: Washington, DC, United States
Completion date: 2021
DC Department of General Services
Matthew Daw & Shahab Torabian
PORTAL is a site-specific permanent public artwork installed at the front entrance of Jefferson Middle School. This pair of two constellations of 16 vibrantly colored steel arches are enwrapped with empowering quotations. PORTAL pays homage to the building’s historical legacy as a DC public library through this curated selection of quotes from important literary and cultural figures of color.
PORTAL invites students, teachers, community members and passersby to observe, to participate, to dialogue.