#FearlessGirls Protest Art in Washington DC
Hello! You probably found this page because you used a QR code on one of the many intriguing protest art pieces marked "Fearless Girls 2020." These exquisite statues were installed all over the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington DC during fall of 2020 in DC's abandoned fire and police call boxes. The statues were anonymous and only identifiable by the "Fearless Girls" written on most of the statues. No contact information was included and no credit taken.
If you are like me, you are intrigued. You want to know more. You may want to start by going to the bottom of this page for the interactive map of all locations, with photographs. Or, you can stick around for the story first.
In January, 2021, I released a podcast episode describing how I found, and grew personally fascinated by the installations, and finding the "Fearless Girls." I'm good at finding things, and I found them hiding in plain sight once you really put together the clues. The Fearless Girls, I learned, was a collaboration of artists who were moved, during the 2020 election season, to express and speak up on issues of racial justice and human rights. Sally Hemings is often depicted, as are her children with President Thomas Jefferson. President Obama is also featured. A few pieces address President Trump and the White House, including one that was added to the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence.
For an audio tour of my finding the pieces
For an audio interview with one of the artists
If you are at one of the locations and find the art looking different than in these photos (added to or damaged) please feel free to send those photos for me to update the map.
If you are interested in learning more about this art or want to contact the artists I can forward your messages to them. Email me.
And, well, thank you. To the creators, to the passersby, to the folks out there who helped, to the Capitol Hill art community. For the times I've lingered at one of these statues and had conversations I would never have without them. For giving me an opportunity to sleuth out a mystery. For making Capitol Hill a place I could make home. Thank you for being someone who needed to know more and wanted to follow this QR code. If you want to add your impressions to this project, write me and I'll add them here, too, anonymously. If you are a Capitol Hill neighbor and want to meet at one of the statues to chat, just email me and I'll put on my walking shoes!
This map shows all known locations of the #FearlessGirls art in Washington:
For an audio tour of my finding the pieces:
For an audio interview with one of the artists:
December 10, 2020 "Incredible pieces of protest art popping up in Capitol Hill signed by 'Fearless Girls'" Prince of POPville
December 22, 2020 "The Week Ahead...And More Protest Art from Fearless Girls 2020" Capitol Hill Corner
February 5, 2021 "Little Fearless Statues New Hill Resident Says Protest Art Made Her Feel Invited on Hill" Hill Rag