Posted on The Washington Post Written by | October 29, 2019 at 5:15 pm UTC
When: The dedication of the new Brookland community sculpture, “Symphonic” will be Sunday, November 10th at 1:00 pm, with an open house immediately following from 1:30 – 3:00 pm to tour Portrait Square at Brookland’s model homes and meet the sculptor.
Who: Washington, D.C. sculptor, Chris Tousimis recently unveiled his latest original work of art designed for Madison Homes’ new community of townhomes, Portrait Square at Brookland, located in D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood. Inspired by the close-knit nature of Brookland, Tousimis has created a composition for the sculpture that was symbolic of the neighborhood’s strong sense of community. The sculpture’s three separate shapes combine to form one unit working together, representing the interconnecting elements that create a vibrant community. Created in stainless steel, the sculpture will have a reflective finish mirroring its surroundings, similarly to Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” (a.k.a. The Bean) in Chicago.
“On the most basic level, I would like the piece to be something the community can engage with, feel proud of, and deepen their sense of place.” says Tousimis.
Tousimis is a Washington, D.C. native, who has maintained a studio along the Potomac River for 15 years. He was a successful oil painter before deciding to experiment with the three dimensional realm of sculpture. “The years that I spent creating paintings built the foundational skills of composition nuance and sense of rhythm so key in the art of sculpture,” explains Tousimis.
His preference of working with metal began as a child, watching his father, a scientist who was a pioneer in electron probe micro-analysis, experiment with bouncing electron beams from polished metals. Tousimis has learned to work with heavy automotive equipment to create compound curves and smooth finishes in the unmalleable steel, allowing his sculptures to take on a flowing, almost fluid quality. Some recent examples of his work in Washington, D.C. can be seen on Brandywine Street and Logan Circle.
The sculpture was commissioned by Portrait Square at Brookland partner, Marty Schnider, who has a goal of incorporating public art into each development his real estate firm, the Fred Schnider Investment Group, is involved in creating.
About Portrait Square at Brookland: Portrait Square at Brookland is a community of 22 new, three bedroom luxury townhomes located at 3058 7th Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. The homes are just a few short blocks from the Brookland-CUA Metro Station and Monroe Street Market. Prices begin in the mid $800s. Two homes are ready for immediate delivery. The homes are built by Madison Homes Inc, with sales by Smith | Schnider.