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.

Alphabet Animals public art
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!


Alphabet Animals public art
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!