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Drab Downtown D.C. To Get Dose Of Sculptural Color

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WASHINGTON (AP) Women in colorful bathing suits and a figure representing basketball star Michael Jordan will soon grace downtown Washington's New York Avenue.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts announced plans Tuesday to create a sculpture project along the thoroughfare. It will feature changing installations, all by women artists. The first figures go up in April. The "sculpture alley" will stretch from 13th Street to Mount Vernon Square.

The city's planning office signed off on the project. Patricia Zingsheim, an associate director in the office, says it will add some character to a burgeoning part of the city.

The first pieces were produced by French sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle, a self-taught artist who died in 2002. Her figures range from nine to 15 feet high.

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