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Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project

Welcome to the official landing page for the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project (CHAAAP)!

The CHAAAP story began back in 2011, when local Capitol Hill resident Stephen Young was walking around the neighborhood with his two daughters. As they passed the lettered street signs, he pointed them out and said, "E St. E is for Elephant! K St...K is for Kangaroo." And in that moment, a creative idea was born: why not share that fun, educational experience with all Hill residents by installing animal sculptures on the street signs?

Stephen brought the idea to CHAW, and of course, it was right up our alley. Over the following three years, CHAW received a pilot grant from the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) and sent out a call for artists. With the artistic direction of Bruce McKaig and a panel of experienced jurors, we selected 10 artists to create fantastical, whimsical, unique, and artistic representations of animals for each of ten streets in the SE quadrant of DC. The sculptures will remain on their posts for 5-7 years, so we hope you'll take full advantage of their presence in our neighborhood! Our goal is to help create a more vibrant, livable, walkable community for all of our neighbors. 

In the coming months, we will be releasing QR codes for each of the signs, and you'll be able to come back here and learn lots more about the artists, their work, and their animals. For now, we invite you to take a peek at the animals below and encourage you to get out and walk around the community to see them face-to-face!

Find them all in SE:

E & 5th
Artist: Elizabeth Baldwin

F & 1st
Falcarius Chasing a Capitalsaurus
Artist: Charles Bergen

Virginia & 4th
Viceroy Butterfly
Artist: Novie Anne Trump

S Carolina & 7th
Artist: Breon Gilleran

I & 2nd
Artist: Evan Reed

L & 2nd
Lady Bug
Artist: Susan Champeny

G & 7th (right outside CHAW!)
CHAWmper the Grasshopper
Artist: Carolina Mayorga

N Carolina & 2nd
Pod of Narwhals
Artist: Undine Brod

D & 3rd
Artist: John Yanson