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Wayside is an independent design and research practice led by Curry J. Hackett.

Currently, he’s teaching architecture, working on an ongoing flood marker sculpture series, and envisioning an installation for a neighborhood park.

Last updated: 10/25/2021

An Ode to the Southern Black Landscape

Self-initiated work

Drylongso: An Ode to the Southern Black Landscape was a solo gallery installation in the theTwelve’s gallery space in Union Market District, and constituted an acknowledgment and celebration of Black everyday life in the American South.

This multi-generational collection of recorded phone conversations from my family in rural Prospect, VA offered a rich array of the under-recognized yet customary ways Black folks maintain and care for land, space, and people.

Drylongso aggregated research supported by the Washington Project for the Arts’ Wherewithal Research Grant program.

Howard Theatre Walk of Fame signage post in sidewalk on T Street NW in DC. Person walking on granite threshold, which reads "Howard Theatre Walk of Fame" in sidewalk on 7th Street NW in DC.Person riding bicycle by Howard Theatre Walk of Fame medallion on sidewalk on 7th Street NW in DC.Howard Theatre Walk of Fame medallion in sidewalk, showing bas relief image of Abbie Mitchell in bronze.

Howard Theatre Walk of Fame

Public Art,
Budget: $400,000

The Howard Theatre Walk of Fame is one of the city’s largest public art projects, solicited by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Located in the historic Shaw neighborhood and “Black Broadway”, the Walk consists of fifteen hand-carved bronze medallions, each depicting a cultural icon that performed at the iconic Howard Theatre.

The Walk presents a new visual language for the area, and demonstrates the value of preserving under-recognized histories.

The team included sculptors Jay Coleman and Joanna Blake, with advisory support from Harry G. Robinson, III, FAIA.

Photographs by Donovan Gerald.

Man picking up flowers from DiasFlora installation. Image of LAB team member installing orange rope on the DiasFlora installation during Parking Day event.Rear view of DiasFlora installation showing 30-foot long infographic of Black population in DC over time. Curry Hackett and LAB team members standing on T Street NW sidewalk during DiasFlora event.

Wayside collaborated with Landscape Architecture Bureau (LAB) for a one-day activation for DC’s PARK(ing) Day event.

Noting the intense gentrification trends in the city (the Black population  peaked at 75% in the 1970s), DiasFlora used plants to visualize dispersal of Black residents in the region.

A 30-foot long infographic mapped DC's Black population since 1790, and invited the community to take home plants to simulate this regional “diaspora”.

Photographs by LAB.


Top ring detail image of Kingman Island location of High Water Mark showing chrome paint and bridge in background.Middle ring detail image of Kingman Island location of High Water Mark showing chrome paint and bridge in background.Detail of Marvin Gaye Park location of High Water Mark showing footing assembly, chrome paint, and color-coded flags.Detail of Kingman Island location of High Water Mark lying on ground during installation showing chrome paint, and color-coded flags.Kingman Island location of High Water Mark in grassy riverbank.

DC High Water  Marks

Public Art,
Budget: $58,000

The DC High Water Mark project is an ongoing effort spearheaded by DC’s Department of Energy and Environment to reimagine the city’s approach to flood awareness and readiness. The studio collaborated with Patrick McDonough to envision a system of markers to be installed on sites within the 100-year flood plain.

In January 2020, we installed the first two of these markers—12-foot tall totems that show color-coded elevations of historic flooding events and future flooding scenarios.

In April 2021, we began planning for the third marker, to be located at The Wharf in DC.

Wayside synthesizes history, culture, and ecology to envision large-scale public art and inform research.

Wayside (*2019) is Curry J. Hackett's independent, transdisciplinary design studio.

The studio employs diverse, site-specific methods to realize projects of socio-cultural value. We work at multiple scales to bolster the relationship between people, their communities, and the environments that support them.

Why the name? The long story, short:

A wayside is the strip of land near the edge of a road or railroad track—an ill-defined edge condition denoting a shift between contrasting modes of living.

Wayside looks to these marginal places to inspire our work, and finds opportunities to celebrate under-recognized patterns and histories.

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Wayside Studio LLC, 2021. All rights reserved. All materials on this website are the intellectual property of Curry J. Hackett and Wayside Studio.

Generally, our work supports efforts in placekeeping, infrastructure, urban planning, public relations,  environmental causes.

Our capabilities include:

· Art direction & branding strategy
· Data visualization
· Design education
· Environmental design
· Public art
· Urban design
· Wayfinding & signage

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