The M Street underpass, outside the NoMa Metro station, is going to be an outdoor art project. LED lights will illuminate the sidewalk, hopefully turning a dreary scene into a park-like gathering spot.
Called “Rain,” the installation’s lights will hang inside tubes along the underpass’ ceiling, creating a drizzling effect when people walk by.
The M Street project is the first of four underpasses that the NoMa Parks Foundation hopes to fill with art. The others are at Florida Avenue and L, and K Streets, NE.
Though it’s not green space, the project will be a welcome addition to a part of town relatively devoid of parks. Protected from (actual) rain, snow, and summer heat, it should make the underpass a more inviting place.
“Our tunnel proposal for NoMa does what all good urban parks do: it offers a moment of openness, a space to breathe, and a place where thoughts can drift away,” read a Parks Foundation press release.
The Parks Foundation selected Thurlow Small Architecture + NIO architects as the project’s designers.
The firm’s submission was part of an initial pool of nearly 250, and it was selected from a group of 10 finalists. The designers and construction team will be on-hand for a community meeting next Monday evening at the Lobby Project.