Duke Ellington statue erected in Northwest

(Photo: John Duricka)

WASHINGTON (AP) - A 20-foot, stainless steel statue of jazz legend Duke Ellington has been installed at plaza in northwest Washington.

The statue, titled "Encore," was placed in Ellington Plaza on Thursday.

It depicts Ellington sitting on a giant treble clef and playing a piano whose keys swirl upward.

The statue is in front of the historic and newly renovated Howard Theatre, which launched Ellington's career.

The 100-year-old theater also gave rise to the careers of Ella Fitzgerald and Marvin Gaye.

The statue was created by sculptor Zachary Oxman, a native of the city. Oxman was commissioned to complete the piece by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.