Frederick Douglass Statue to Debut
Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday used a tribute to 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass to renew the call for equal voting rights for people who live in the nation's capital. During a ceremony unveiling a statue of Douglass in the Capitol, Biden hailed Douglass' work advocating equal justice and noted that Douglass supported complete voting rights for residents of the District of Columbia, where Douglass once lived.
Architect of the Capitol
Frederick Douglass in the Emancipation Hall, Capitol Visitor Center
The statue of noted abolitionist Frederick Douglass features him standing beside a lectern and an inkwell with quill pen sits in reference to his work as an author. Frederick was born to an enslaved mother and unidentified white father in Talbot County, Maryland, in early 1818, he was first named Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey.
Steven Weitzman on The Peggy Smedley Show
Peggy chats with Steven Weitzman, president and CEO, Creative Design Resolutions, who says there is an opportunity for infrastructure to visually speak to the people in the community. He asks: Why can’t infrastructure express the story of where you are? He adds that infrastructure will always need to be safe first, functional next, and then aesthetics can come in and that the company is bilingual—as it speaks both aesthetics and engineering.
Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry’s commemorative statue to debut March 3
In November 2014, former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, Jr. passed away at the age of 78, and since then, there have been plans to memorialize him with a statue. The $300,000, the eight-foot-tall statue will be installed outside the John A. Wilson Building along Pennsylvania Avenue NW on Saturday, March 3 at 11:30 a.m. with a dedication by Mayor Muriel Bowser and Council Chair Phil Mendelson
Mayor for Life’ Barry to be Memorialized in Bronze
Plans to memorialize Marion Barry Jr. began soon after he died at the age of 78 in November 2014. More than three years later, the “Mayor for Life” will rise again in the form of an eight-foot bronze statue to be placed outside of John A. Wilson Building.
After DC chose a white artist for Marion Barry’s statue, an unlikely friendship was forged
WASHINGTON - When Cora Masters Barry met Steven Weitzman in 2016, she knew only two things about him. She knew that he was the artist selected by the city to create a bronze sculpture of her late husband, four-time Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry.
Marion Barry memorial
Marion Barry memorial statue, what to expect
Marion “Mayor for Life” Barry is known for many things. He’s known for being elected mayor four times, his time in the D.C. Council, and a scandal that led to him being convicted of a misdemeanor cocaine possession. In November 2014, Barry passed away at the age of 78, and since then, there have been plans to memorialize him with a statue.
Marion Barry memorial statue revealed in new photos
WASHINGTON — Nearly 3 years after Marion Barry’s death, a bronze statue of the legendary former D.C. mayor is taking shape, and photos released this week provide a sneak peak at what the memorial will look like.
D.C. Plans to Memorialize Mayor Marion Barry
The replica of a statue of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry — who was known as the city’s mayor for life — was unveiled at the John Wilson building on what would have been his 81st birthday.
Biden uses tribute in Capitol for abolitionist Frederick Douglass to pitch DC voting rights
(Carolyn Kaster/ Associated Press ) – From left, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Vice President Joe Biden applaud during a ceremony to dedicate the statue of Frederick Douglass, seen behind them, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in the Emancipation Hall of the United States Visitor Center on Capitol Hill in Washington. The bronze statue of Douglass is by Maryland artist Steve Weitzman.
Frederick Douglass statue finds new home in the Capitol
In 2012, after a five-year wait, a bill authored by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) and back by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton unanimously voted upon to have the Frederick Douglass statue placed on Capitol Hill. “I think it is a really good way to show how a long time residence of Dc and advocate for voting rights is remembered,” said Ka’mal McClarin, curator at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. “It is a memory of him fighting for that cause.”
Marion Barry’s 81st Birthday Celebration At The Wilson Building
The event to commemorate the 81st birthday of DC Mayor for Life, Marion Barry, took place on March 6, 2017. Guests included: Cora Masters Barry, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Representative Franklin Garcia, Dominican Ambassador Elic Fernandez, Councilmembers, and many others.
Colorado history museum lures visitors with new insights and interactive, fun activities
Colorado history museum lures visitors with new insights and interactive, fun activities.
A brand- new museum, built from the ground up, offered a chance to start over. How could the center attract families? Lure in locals with a free afternoon and plenty of choices on how to kill it?
The DC Spotlight
Top 10 List of the Most Interesting People – Steven Weitzman: A lifetime of celebrating Washington, D.C. on canvas
In the artistic circles of Washington, D.C., Steven Weitzman, has carved out his own niche in a combination of fields described simply as “great art.”
Statue of Frederick Douglass to Be Placed in Capitol
Perhaps nowhere in America do the people of the District of Columbia feel less respected than in the District of Columbia. Their lone delegate to the House must sit, seething, as Congress approves the District’s annual budget, absent the vote of that delegate, who is prohibited from voting in the House.
How Do You Build a Monument to Marion Barry?
If everything goes as planned, starting next March, visitors to the Wilson Building, DC’s city hall, will be greeted by an eight-foot bronze of former mayor Marion Barry waving outside. Maryland sculptor Steven Weitzman was awarded the job by a panel, selected through the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, that included Barry’s widow, Cora Masters Barry.
Eight-foot Statue Of Marion Barry Taking Shape
An 8-foot statue of “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry is taking shape. It’s set to be erected outside the John A. Wilson Building in downtown D.C. News4’s Tom Sherwood spoke with the sculptor, Steven Weitzman, on what he wanted to show. (Published Thursday, Apr 20, 2017)
D.C.’s Next Monument Could Honor Marion Barry
Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln — even Sonny Bono — are among the many who have inspired monuments of one form or another after drawing their final breaths. Now add Marion S. Barry Jr. — he of four mayoral terms, three council terms, and one infamous crack bust — to the list of those destined for sculpted immortality.
What Happened When D.c. Chose A White Artist To Create The Official Marion Barry Statue
When Cora Masters Barry met Steven Weitzman in 2016, she knew only two things about him. She knew that he was the artist selected by the city to create a bronze sculpture of her late husband, four-time Washington Mayor Marion Barry.
A Peek At The Forthcoming Marion Barry Memorial Statue
The memorial statue of D.C. “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry is one step closer to completion.
Washington City Paper
Mayor Barry Is Back
The statue will stand—no, it will command—the northeast corner of the John A. Wilson Building, the city government headquarters at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. And its presence on America’s Main Street is permanent, just like the ongoing divide about Barry. Was he a good mayor who did too many bad things, or a bad mayor who did some good things?
American Infrastructure Magazine
THE FUTURE OF HIGHWAY INFRASTRUCTURE
American Infrastructure Magazine, written by Weitzman. Topics addressed include the future of the industry, including green infrastructure, electric cities and other trends to expect in 2019.
INFRASTRUCTURE AESTHETICS BRINGS COMMUNITIES TOGETHER
Increasingly since the late 1970s, when the nation worked to revitalize after economic recession, transportation projects have incorporated aesthetic elements. However, infrastructure improvements were generally superficial, added as afterthoughts, and they often clashed with preexisting architecture. It would take another 30 years for design consultants to develop best practices. Transportation infrastructure is about much more than ingress and egress. The bridges and highways that connect people are also opportunities to tell their stories through imagery and patterns. When residents come together to discuss designs, they create and assert a shared identity as the people of a town, city, or state.