Innovative Projects

Artwork from Burning Man

Washington, DC is known for historic monuments and national treasures. The central business district is not necessarily known as a hub for artistic creativity or for being “cool.” However, in 2017, the Golden Triangle BID embarked on a groundbreaking partnership with the Smithsonian’s historic Renwick Gallery to change that perception. The fruits of this collaboration, six breathtaking, large-scale public art installations, are on view now through December 2018 throughout the Golden Triangle, all within a short walk of the museum. The installations are part of a larger exhibition dedicated to the art of Burning Man, an annual festival that takes place in Nevada. The Renwick had access to more artwork than they could physically fit into the gallery so the first-ever outdoor extension of a Renwick exhibition was born. As a result, residents and tourists now have the opportunity to experience these extraordinary artworks on a daily basis. To track community engagement, the BID has installed pedestrian counters near the artwork locations to develop estimates on visitors. The exhibitions have generated national and international press coverage including The Washington Post, BBC and National Geographic. The artworks remind people to slow down and shake up routines in a way that is joyful and unexpected.

Project Details

Artwork from Burning Man in Collaboration with Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery

Golden Triangle Business Improvement District


Events and Programming
$4000001 - $5000000
District of Columbia