MVT CID Spearheads Refinishing for “Lift Off” and “Inspiration” Sculptures

Wednesday August 17, 2016

For the first time since their installation in 2009, the iconic “Lift Off” (David Black) and “Inspiration” (Ethan Kerber) sculptures at 5th & K Streets are being refinished and repainted. MVT CID Director of Operations, Leon Johnson, headed the effort to advocate for the work to be done. This summer, under the leadership of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, a professional conservator moved forward with the painstaking work of protecting and refinishing these important pieces of public art. Refinished the week of August 8, “Lift Off” has been a bright, sunny landmark for residents and visitors and the refinishing work will ensure that it continues as the sparkling centerpiece of one of the busiest corners in Mount Vernon Triangle. The work on “Inspiration”, the large permanent decorative grate for the ground level fresh air intake at City Vista, will be completed the week of August 15.