Alphabet Animals!

Use the Traipse app to find Washington, D.C.'s hidden menagerie.


In 2011 Capitol Hill resident Stephen Young had the idea for a public art initiative as he walked around the neighborhood with his two daughters making up animals as they passed "letter" streets.

The carefree Koala of K Street SE!

He brought the idea to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop who were immediately receptive.


A few years later after a grant from the DC Department of Transportation and under the artistic direction of Bruce McKaig and a panel of jurors, ten artists were selected to adorn ten streets in southeast Washington, D.C.


Soon after, in 2020, following a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and in partnership with Eastern Market Main Street and again the DC Department of Transportation, ten more sculptures were installed!


A sneaky cat stalks C Street SE!

We've turned these wonderful works of public art into two scavenger hunts. Download the free Traipse app and go take your brain for walk!



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