Considering the latest Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding group gatherings, both Perspectives sculptures will be temporarily closed through May 9, 2020. We will continue to monitor and adjust this timeline as needed. 


Located in the 300 & 400 Blocks of K Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


One is a set of interactive sculptures designed to encourage conversation, build connections and deepen understanding on important topics that reflect current events with broad social impact.

Art can serve as a powerful and inclusive medium for enabling conversations covering a range of viewpoints—and in the process inspire action that leads to deep and lasting social change. This begins with the artist providing thought-proving artwork that serves as a platform for discussing – and seeking common understanding – on matters as far ranging as the controversial to the sublime.

And therein lies the origin of One – as both an artwork and a gathering space for these conversations around Perspectives – to facilitate the types of hyper-local, community-based dialogues that educate, empower and engage neighbors to work for the better while considering the alternative point(s) of view.



The MVT CID invites you to join us for thought-provoking conversation on the public’s role in public art on Tuesday, February 4 from 6:30-8 PM at A Baked Joint.

When we put art into public spaces, whether in a museum or a sidewalk, we open up the conversation to a diversity of opinions and interpretations. Every person connects with art differently, especially when we feel like it belongs to us due to its presence in the public realm. How does art in public space change our perception and interpretation of it? What obligation does the artist have to the public when creating art for the public? What is art’s responsibility – if any – in inspiring social change?


Join us for stimulating conversation and perspective sharing on these and related questions with the following expert panelists:


George Hemphill, owner of Hemphill Fine Arts in Mount Vernon Triangle;

Hiroshi Jacobs, artist and creator of the One public art sculptures in Mount Vernon Triangle;

Rose Jaffe, renowned local artist and muralist; and

Philippa Hughes, social sculptor and event moderator.


Whose Art is It Anyway?

Arrivals & Networking

7-7:15 PM
A Baked Joint, 430 K Street NW

Whose Art is It Anyway?

Panel Discussions & Q&A

7:15-8:15 PM
A Baked Joint, 430 K Street NW

Whose Art is It Anyway?

Meet the Panel & Mingling

8:15-9:00 PM
A Baked Joint, 430 K Street NW



The installations are open on the 300 & 400 blocks of K Street NW between the hours of 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Share your photos by tagging @mvtcid and using the hashtags #PerspectivesMVT and #LifeInMVT!


Stay tuned for upcoming events and opportunities to engage in the conversation during our series of public programming events that we are calling “Perspectives,” inspired by One.




October 2, 2019: Opening Night of “One”

November 9, 2019: Perspectives: Kids Arts & Crafts Event


Hiroshi Jacobs

Lead artist for Perspectives sculptures

Hiroshi is an award-winning architect with 15+ years of experience designing projects of many types and scales. He is a firm believer that design can be a transformative agent in improving the human experience. His design work has appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions. As the founder of HiJAC, a trans-disciplinary art and research practice, Hiroshi is also an accomplished artist. He has completed numerous large-scale interactive art installations in DC and beyond.


Philippa Hughes

The Pink Line Project –
Creative Strategist for Perspectives performances

Philippa produces human-centered and collaborative art-fueled projects to spark humanizing conversations between people who might not normally meet. She believes art is a way to inspire awe and wonder, as awe and wonder inspire curiosity, and curiosity creates space for empathy. She has designed and produced hundreds of creative activations since 2007 for curious folks to engage with art and with one another in unconventional and meaningful ways. Her latest project,, is a partner in Looking For America, a national series that invites politically diverse guests to break bread and talk to each other face-to-face using art as the starting point for conversation.


Mount Vernon Triangle
Community Improvement District

Project Sponsor

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District is a private, nonprofit organization established to enhance the overall quality of life for residents, workers and visitors, and to increase commercial opportunities for business and property owners, in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood of downtown Washington, DC. Mount Vernon Triangle is a vibrant neighborhood in the heart of the city—both geographically and culturally—and is considered one of DC’s best examples of a mixed-use community. Its boundaries include 17 blocks within DC’s downtown East End bordered by 7th Street NW to the west, Massachusetts Avenue NW to the south, New York Avenue NW to the north and New Jersey Avenue NW to the east. Mount Vernon Triangle is a welcoming, authentic and centered neighborhood that mirrors the city’s unique mix of historic and modern buildings, longtime and new residents, and diverse cultures, restaurants and urban experiences.


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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Established in 1968, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is the designated state arts agency for the District of Columbia, and is supported primarily by local District funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. CAH supports programs and the development of projects that promote progress in the arts and humanities and the diversity of arts and humanities expression. This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


The Wilkes Company

Established in 1980, The Wilkes Company specializes in transit-oriented, mixed-use development and has been a significant catalyst behind Mount Vernon Triangle’s evolution into the dynamic neighborhood that it is today. It believes that design excellence, animated streets, public art and sustainability are essential elements of a vibrant urban community like Washington, DC.



Quadrangle Development Corporation

With nearly 50 years of development expertise and multiple projects in Mount Vernon Triangle, Quadrangle Development Corporation’s 25 million square feet of projects representing $9.6 billion in investment include urban and suburban office buildings, world-class hotels and resorts, multi-family communities, and mixed-use environments.