The Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project (Alphabet Animals) is a community-focused public art project that promotes livability, walkability, and delight in the Southeast Quadrant of Washington, DC. This project was originally conceived by a father walking with his two children in Capitol Hill. As he walked past lettered street names, he pointed out, “K Street—K is for Kangaroo.” He brought the idea to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), and so the Alphabet Animals were born.
In 2014, 10 sculptures were successfully installed through a pilot partnership with DDOT, and in 2020, another 10 joined the menagerie through a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
And now, there’s a new generation of animals on the loose!