Huge Outdoor Art Show Coming to Rose Park in May

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"The Orange Steps" in California. Courtesy Kiril Jeliazkov.

Washington-based fine artist Kiril Jeliazkov is bringing 128 pieces of outdoor artwork — “The Orange Step” — to the grounds of Rose Park for the entire month of May. The exhibition, its fifth installation, will be mounted on public space with the assistance of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, which just approved the permits.

Jeliazkov calls it “one of the first-ever large format style art experiences allowed to be displayed in its entirety across the streets and parks of the nations’s capital.”

On his website, he enthusiastically announced last week: “Stop!!! Take a deep breath and move on!! The Orange Step Exhibition is coming to Washington, D.C., May 2018. Doing what you truly love is Freedom! 128 large original paintings are going to be installed in Rose Park Georgetown. Don’t miss it!”

The park, which runs from M to P Streets alongside 26th and 27th Streets and the Rock Creek hillside, is well used and popular for its tennis and basketball courts, ball field, tot lot and dog run. The Friends of Rose Park group protects and promotes it.

Jeliazkov introduced “The Orange Step,” his first large-scale project, in 2006. “The project represents a composition of 128 large-scale canvases, each of them is 22 feet high by 11 feet wide,” writes the 40-year-old artist. “The project is created with the idea that the Art is for everyone and therefore its gallery is Mother Nature.”

The first exhibition of the project was in a national park in Jeliazkov’s hometown city of Yambol, Bulgaria. The second was in Savannah, Georgia, where he completed his bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees in painting at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007. The third exhibition was installed in Palm Beach in 2008 and the fourth in Tiburon, next to San Francisco, in 2013. Now, it’s Washington’s turn.

Working from a studio near Dupont Circle, Jeliazkov has been living in Washington for the past 10 years. He told The Georgetowner that an April celebration of his artwork and a virtual reality experience of his outdoor art will shown in Artechouse in April. There will also be an opening ceremony in Rose Park before the show opens.

Artist Kiril Jeliazkov is front of one of his painted panels. Courtesy Kiril Jeliazkov.
“The Orange Step” in Savannah. Courtesy Kiril Jeliazkov.
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