This large sea-green Adirondack chair sits on the campus of the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts.
Just visible in Google Maps, the thumbnail was taken from MSN Virtual Earth.
Cathy Conn considers herself the caretaker for the big green chair in the yard of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. When anyone has a question or concern regarding the big green chair, they go to her. Whenever it needs a new coat of paint, she goes to work.
Conn, a visual arts teacher, happened to answer the phone in the art office one day in 1996 and on the other line was someone who wanted to tell her about a 12-foot-high seafoam green-colored Adirondack chair.
That seafoam green chair, now poised on a Georgetown hill, is one of many public art projects in the country – and one of many green chairs..
Artist Joel Sisson built an Adirondack chair for his front yard in Minneapolis, and after it disappeared, built another one that was stolen as well. He gathered another artist and local teen-agers, and built 90 chairs, painted them seafoam green, and before dawn one morning, gave two to each neighbor along a two-block stretch. The Green Chair Project was born.
In 1996, two big green chairs and 50 regular-size chairs were hauled to the National Mall, assembled and displayed there. Conn chose 10 students to help the artists and a group of students from Minnesota assemble the pre-painted pieces. Their names are on the plaque on the chair and the last of them will be graduating in May, she said.