...community member requested the tunnel be brightened with artwork, said Tony Gittens, executive director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Muralist G. Byron Peck designed the art for The Southwest Gateway. The tunnel, near the Potomac River waterfront, connects to the northwest quadrant of the city. The art will cover both sides of two tunnels – one northbound and one southbound – and each is about 11 feet high and more than 300 feet long. G. Byron Peck's design shows a combination of abstract images representing the riverfront, Peck said, such as dogwood, herons, willow trees and fish. These larger abstractions are separated with serpentine stretches of color so drivers and walkers can view them in succession.
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