This Dupont Circle Mural is painted in trompe l’oeil style which tricks the eye and gives a feeling of real depth. The three dimensional effect is apparent in the carved figure in the base of the fountain, in the red/orange marble column and in other features of the painting.
The spherical mirror in the image below adds to the 3-D effect by reflecting images on what looks very much like a realistic three dimensional curved surface. The buildings of Dupont Circle, the ornate border at the top of the mural and the base of the fountain are all set off against a clear blue sky highlighted by a bright white sun.
There is a second representation of a fisheye or ball shaped mirror located in the upper right portion of the mural. The distorted images of Dupont Circle buildings in the center and on the right are balanced against images of yellow, gray, black and orange that are reflected from the mural itself. Both spheres serve to join the outer reality of Dupont Circle in the form of buildings and sky with the less prominent painted reality of the mural.
This mural as well as the one at Metro Center were both painted by G. Byron Peck who has painted a number of murals in Washington DC as well as others around the world.
This mural is painted on the northwest side of 1736 Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington, DC. The Polo India Club Restaurant is located in this building. And the mural is above the Bistrot du Coin located at 1738 Connecticut Avenue NW.
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Closest Metro Station: Dupont Circle on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to this mural.