A grand landscape portrait by Cuban American urban artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada has been installed on the Mall and will remain through the month. The project uses sand and potting soil to create a giant portrait viewable from the reopened Washington Monument.
From above Rodríguez-Gerada portraits, like the one shown below, created in 2013 on an 11-acre site in Northern Ireland, can be appreciated only with a bird’s eye view.
“Out of Many, One” The portrait occupies an area of the Mall between the Reflecting Pool and Independence Avenue. It does not feature one recognizable individual but is a composite of many faces.
On the ground, the portrait looks like rows of soil and sand. After designing a piece in his studio, the artist uses satellite guidance to place the details of the image.
World War II Memorial
Area in detail
Site of portrait
SOURCE: Pictometry, Jorgerodriguezgerada.com, National Portrait Gallery . GRAPHIC: The Washington Post - The Washington Post. Published Sept. 30, 2014.