August 8, 2012, Washington, DC: Can anyone tell me the story behind these painted bricks? I’ve come across several of them this summer on my regular running and walking routes on Capitol Hill and I wonder who’s behind them. I wonder if the person who paints them does so in the middle of the night when no one’s watching. I wonder if they’re created by an adult or a child. I wonder what they’re trying to tell us. Is it a brain teaser? A profound message? A playful spin on traditional sidewalk chalk? A deliberate work of art?
It’s become almost a game now to find the next painted brick, and then the next. It distracts me from thinking about how far I’ve run or how fast I’m going. I keep finding these bricks in places I’d never noticed. And yet as quickly as I discover them, they disappear. Vanish. Perhaps scrubbed off the sidewalk by someone who doesn’t find them amusing. Maybe washed away in the rain.
I’m off for a jog now. I’ll keep an eye peeled for more. You never know what you might find along your path if you pay attention to your surroundings.
Related Posts on Neighborhood Nomads:
- Hidden Beauty and Unnoticed Oddities (February 28, 2012)
- Listen to This City (October 19, 2011)
- Observations By Bicycle (January 29, 2012)