Deanwood Recreation Center Courtyard

NE Washington, D.C.
Job Size: Medium
Job Status: In the ground

We were beyond thrilled to work with the legendary Washington, D.C. artist, Ms. Cheryl Foster, who specializes in creating culturally significant works of art for public spaces.  The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities had plans to relocate two of her recently fabricated sculptures into the Deanwood Recreation Center courtyard.  Deanwood has a strong and vibrant senior population, who were the main advocates for this courtyard enhancement project.  We were tasked with developing conceptual design plans that reinvisioned the space by celebrating Cheryl’s artwork and integrating community feedback into the design.  We saw the space as more than just a place to view artwork, it was a space to beautifully and creatively support the activities and needs of the community.  Resource availability shifted the scope of the project to refocus design efforts on creating a simple planting plan that supported the design intent of Cheryl’s sculptures and gave special consideration to the capacity of the Deanwood maintenance staff.  We hope that with additional funding, other elements illustrated in the original design concepts can be incorporated in the future.

Design Tools: Hand rendering & Sketchup & AutoCAD
Collaborators: Outdoor Illuminations
Materials: Tri-State (Stone) & Summit Hall Turf Farm (Sod) & Olney Gardens Wholesale (Plants)
Installation: Hughes Landscaping

*Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping