Here’s the first image in our collection of DC street art. “The Battle: Felipe’s Story Remixed” was created by Joel Bergner in 2012 and appears on the sidewall of BloomBars (3221 11th Street NW), facing the alley, in Columbia Heights. While working with CUFA, Bergner lived with 11-year-old Felipe and his family in the Cidade de Deus (City of God), a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro made famous by the 2002 movie of the same name.
Caught between feuding gods and demons, Felipe appears oblivious to the violence raging about him. “The Battle” is a reworking of a more traditional mural Bergner created in 2009, “Felipe’s Story.” He kept the main character while remaking the city scene into an epic battle for Felipe’s soul. Here’s a time-lapse video of Bergner’s remix.
We love urban exploration and discovering new gems hidden in the cityscape, whether they’re city approved or awesomely unauthorized. If you’d like to share your finds, send us your photos of DC’s street art. We’re interested in murals, wheatpastes, altered street signs, chalk sidewalk portraits, homegrown sculptures, spectacular graffiti and any other bits of beauty you may find.