The second component of a long-running project to keep an empty Capitol Hill restaurant space active and interesting until the development that will replace it is ready to dig in, the Lamps Meninas installation is now illuminating its corner of 15th Ave E and E Mercer following its art-walk unveiling last week. CHS told you a little about the Velazquez-themed work earlier this month.
Artist Jennifer Zwick — and son — were on hand to flip the switch on the latest phase in the project that started with the Boxed Up installation transforming the former Chutney’s restaurant.
“Painted by Diego Velazquez in 1656, Las Meninas seems made to be recreated,” a description posted at the site reads. “Not just a painting within a painting (though it does feature other works within), it is instead the painting of a painting.”
The final phase of the art project is planned for December, organizers said. The building is slated to be demolished in early 2014.