Friday, September 18, 2009

Crazy metal tree things going into CH Civic Plaza

A few folks have mentioned the weird trees going into the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza at 14th/Kenyon/Park, mainly asking what in the world they are.

They kind of look like flowers or trees, and looking at the plan (below right) for the plaza, that appears to be what they are. Here's another view. However, the other plans don't seem to show them, instead having some kind of sail type thing.

Personally I'm going to reserve judgement on these until they get finished, but they are a bit weird. I hope they put in real trees also.

Here's the plan's website. It's supposed to be finished this summer.

UPDATE: A commenter says the designer told her the things are LED lights and solar panels, which will partially power the fountain. Pretty cool.

Top photo from the Justice & Sustainability Associates Facebook page


  1. Based on the fact that there are wires sticking out of all of them, I'm guessing light fixtures.

  2. Saw the architect/designer of the space last night at a meeting. He said they're LED lights PLUS solar panels, which will power the fountain at least in part. You heard it here first. (And yes, dedication is supposed to be next Friday.)

  3. i wonder if the pattern in the plaza paving stones will be continued onto the streets, as they were in the initial design? guess we'll find out soon - kenyon is being repaved right now.

    love that they are going to be putting lots of trees up (based on the number of round grated holes they are setting about on the plaza and in front of kenyon square)


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