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Large-Scale Art Exhibit Adds New Color to Rose Park

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The Orange Step is Outdoor Art Gallery Free for All

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Michael Tucker Jr., (202) 717-4242, [email protected]
Gregory Jackson Jr., (202) 714-9550, [email protected]

(Washington, DC) – The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), working with Visual Artist – Kiril Jeliazkov, has unveiled a spectacular, colorful outdoor art installation. It is DPR’s largest ever outdoor art exhibit and is a project in support of the arts. "The Orange Step" is a one of a kind open air art installation consisting of 128 individual canvases, each 22 feet high and 11 feet wide at DPR's Rose Park in Georgetown. The exhibit will run through June 2.

“The majority of our recreation centers have art throughout each facility,” said DPR Director Keith A. Anderson. “The opportunity to add such vibrant splashes of color to our green space was appealing. DPR has always supported the arts and we hope people far and wide will come to enjoy DPR's largest art display in a park.”

Besides DPR, community leaders and members and the Friends of Rose Park were instrumental in bringing this monumental art project to fruition. The National Park Service also provided permits. The art was created to show the connection between man-made art and nature with the overarching idea that art is for everyone, according to Kiril.

This is not the first stop for “The Orange Step,” the exhibit has taken place in Bulgaria, Georgia, Florida, and California before being displayed along Rose Park and various streets in the Nation’s Capital. The entire exhibition is scattered all across Rose Park in Georgetown and Massachusetts Avenue near the Saint Sophia Greek Church.

"I am a local Washington DC artist and that is why I chose Rose Park," said Kiril.

The water-based paintings are painted on a special vinyl. The vinyl is designed to resist external exposure from sunlight and harsh weather conditions. Each painting is stretched on a structure especially built for this purpose.

Rose Park - 26th and O Streets, NW
Massachusetts Avenue - Mass Ave, Fulton and 36th and 35th Streets NW

For more information visit DPR.events. Follow #TheOrangeStep (Twitter) #TheOrangeStep (Instagram) on social media. 


About DPR

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.

Kiril Jeliazkov

Kiril was born in 1977 in Yambol, Bulgaria. In 1999 he made the journey to the United States to pursue his life as an artist, and was accepted with a full Presidential Scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Kiril currently resides in Washington, DC. Kirilism.com.