My DC: Yume Tree

Yume Tree, 12th & E, SE
Yume Tree, 12th & E, SE

This mosaic is on the side of the CVS pharmacy nearest my apartment. The leaves of the tree are mirrors, and the tiles that make up the trunk and borders are all labeled with names and personal messages. It’s called the Yume Tree (as in you-and-me).

Yume Tree, closeup
Yume Tree, closeup

I took these pictures a few weeks back, but realized this morning, when I was starting to pull this post together, that I knew neither its name nor its story. I stopped by on my way to work, and found a big sign announcing that the 5th anniversary of its installation was last Friday.

The Yume Tree is five years old!
The Yume Tree is five years old!

A tinier note attached to the poster include a web address for The Corner Store, which gave me both additional info on the mosaic — designed by local artist Kris Swanson, with tiles sculpted and signed by more than a thousand local children — and clued me in on the name of the gallery I pass every time I walk from my house to the Metro, or Eastern Market, or 8th Street. I really should stop in there one of these days…

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3 thoughts on “My DC: Yume Tree

  1. Mom October 10, 2008 / 3:15 pm

    What a totally cool piece of art and way to bring a neighborhood together on a project! And, The Corner Store looks like a beautiful restoration. I like being able to share in “Your D.C.” Hugs, Mom

  2. sionna October 10, 2008 / 9:40 pm

    That is really, really cool. Excellent pictures.

  3. Rudi October 10, 2008 / 11:23 pm

    Yay, random art installations!

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