Up for grabs: some rather large spheres.
The word on the Main Street is that preparations at 4250 Connecticut Avenue for the arrival of MOM’s Organic Market in early 2023 include moving the main entrance for the building’s offices to the center courtyard. And that will require moving a sculpture grouping that now occupies the space.
The Music of the Spheres was commissioned by 4250’s first owner, Fannie Mae, from artist Martha Jackson Jarvis, fabricated by Eight Brothers Development, and dedicated in 2003. Bernstein Management, the building’s next owner, was going to move the spheres to the UDC campus during a facade and landscaping renovation that never occurred. Bernstein instead sold the property to the university in 2018.
Now, UDC is undertaking a renovation which includes constructing a new, ADA-compliant main entrance.
The renovation is imminent, so any institution or private collector with an interest in the sculpture is encouraged to contact Van Ness Main Street (email@example.com) as soon as possible to coordinate with UDC. The collector would need to cover the cost of removing and moving the spheres, including any necessary permits.