Digital Archive 15: The Mural at 7th and Q

This mural of Elizabeth Taylor sits at 7th and Q NW, and was completed in 2013. When I visited Shaw, one of the first things that I saw was this mural. I remember thinking, “wow this is so cool, I bet it’s been here forever” when in reality it was finished in 2013, just as Shaw was rapidly changing. This, to me, makes Shaw seem artificial in the sense that people praise the fact that it’s trendy and there’s so much culture and what not, but they had to commission this mural to be painted so that it could add to that cultural aspect, which just seems quite unnatural to me.

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