A series of 100 street banners designed by local artists and depicting visual statements about urban forestry have been installed on prominent city light poles throughout downtown Washington, DC. The banners are part of the Urban Forest Project, a unique environmental, public art, and educational initiative that has been presented in the cities of Albuquerque, Baltimore, Denver, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Tacoma, Toledo, and Washington, DC.
Each banner uses the form or metaphor for a tree to make a powerful visual statement about the environment. Collectively they create a collection of thoughtful images in the District that raises awareness of the value in expanding and maintaining Washington’s tree canopy. “We are excited to be participating in such a global statement for the preservation of the earth’s environment,” said Mayor Gray
The banners have been hung in a series of high-traffic locations downtown. After the initial installation, the banners will be moved to numerous neighborhoods for District citizens to enjoy. Once the banners come down, they will be recycled into unique products designed exclusively for the project.Sales of the products will benefit local tree planting efforts. This project has been presented in Washington, DC by the District Department of Transportation in collaboration with the Corcoran College of Art and Design, AIGA DC (the professional association for design), and the Downtown DC Business Improvement District.It was funded in part by a grant from the USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Programs. The Urban Forest Project – an initiative ofWorldstudio– was launched in New York’s Times Square in the fall of 2006 in collaboration with Times Square Alliance. For more information or to view all the banners pleasevisithttp://ufp-dc.com.
Included here are samples from the 100 banners that have shown in Washington, DC.