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DECORATED PANDA BEARS

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Shown below are samples of the results of a 2004 program of the DC Arts and Humanities program similar to the 2002 program to decorate some 200 donkey and elephant "party animals" and locate them in public spaces all over the city. The dressed-up pandas look every bit as good as their predecessors, though rainy weather made photography more difficult. Each of the thumbnails below can be clicked to provide a better view.

From left to right, one internet savvy panda is viewing the scene at Gallery Place Station, another has turned into a chocolate-covered strawberry, and a third stands proudly by the World Bank dressed in paper currency.

The left panda here sits comfortably at the entrance to the Nation Building Museum, undisturbed by the grimly plain GAO headquarters at his back. Groucho Panda stands nonchalantly outside the (opening soon) city's first KrispyKreme emporium just below Dupont Circle, and Bamboo Bear stands expectantly at the entrance to WMATA headquarters, waiting expectantly for a substantial long-term payment from the Federal Government for overdue capital investment.

Pandas look somewhat lost and insignificant from a distance. To the left, an undercover bear blends in with his surrounds outside the Spy Museum, staring blankly at a waste container while waiting for a drop that never comes. Next to him, a passive bear waits for traffic to pick up around the usually busy Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro. A colorful Van Ness bear is dwarfed by an otherwise drab public space.

These photos are all the work of NARPAC's latest intern, Jared Evan Vary, who has spent part of his summer helping us keep up with Washington affairs. Jarad's home is between Bowie and Lanham, Maryland near Rte 50, the major route from DC to Annapolis. It is an area that has yet to feel the same surge in development as the mirror-image route to Dulles Airport in Virginia. He will return to Cornell University in Ithica, NY for his sophomore year, while trying to decide whether to major in political science, philosophy, physics, and urban planning. NARPAC looks forward to his further contributions.


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This page was updated on Aug 5, 2004


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