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Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project

Welcome to the official landing page for the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project (CHAAAP)!

Check out this video to hear the Alphabet Animal artists talk about their work.

The CHAAAP story began back in 2011, when local Capitol Hill resident Stephen Young was walking around the neighborhood with his two daughters. As they passed the lettered street signs, he pointed them out and said, "E St. E is for Elephant! K St...K is for Kangaroo." And in that moment, a creative idea was born: why not share that fun, educational experience with all Hill residents by installing animal sculptures on the street signs?

Stephen brought the idea to CHAW, and of course, it was right up our alley!

In 2014, CHAW received a pilot grant from the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) and sent out a call for artists. With the artistic direction of Bruce McKaig and a panel of experienced jurors, we selected an initial 10 artists to create fantastical, whimsical, unique, and artistic representations of animals for each of ten streets in the SE quadrant of DC.

Funded by a recent grant from the DC Community of the Arts and Humanities and in partnership with Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) and the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Alphabet Animal Art Project has installed 10 additional sculptures throughout Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B to intentionally broaden the span of the Alphabet Animal “path.” As a continuation of the previous 2014 project, the Alphabet Animals will follow in the footsteps of their predecessors. CHAW has engaged with a roster of nearly all the original artists including Beth Baldwin, Charles Bergen, Undine Brod, Susan J. Champeny, Breon Gilleran and Mary Frank in collaboration, Carolina Mayorga, Davide Prete, Evan Reed, and Maureen Smith.

Our goal is to help create a more vibrant, livable, walkable community for all of our neighbors. 

Find them all!
F ST. Terrace SE
Breon Gilleran & Mimi Frank
A & 7th SE
Beth Baldwin
A & 7th SE
Carolina Mayorga
Browns Ct & 6th SE

Breon Gilleran & Mimi Frank
C & 9th SE
Sneaky Cat
Davide Prete

Bay St. & 17th SE
Maureen Smith
H & 16th SE
Horseshoe Crab
Sue Champeny
7th & M SE
Undine Brod
Potomac & 12th SE
Emperor Penguin
Evan Reed
Walter St. & 12th SE
Woodthrushes Wander Washington
Charles Bergen

E & 5th
Artist: Elizabeth Baldwin

F & 1st
Falcarius Chasing a Capitalsaurus
Artist: Charles Bergen

Virginia & 4th
Viceroy Butterfly
Artist: Novie Anne Trump

S Carolina & 7th
Artist: Breon Gilleran

I & 2nd
Artist: Evan Reed

L & 2nd
Lady Bug
Artist: Susan Champeny

G & 7th (right outside CHAW!)
CHAWmper the Grasshopper
Artist: Carolina Mayorga

N Carolina & 2nd
Pod of Narwhals
Artist: Undine Brod

D & 3rd
Artist: John Yanson