Crystal City Held a Contest for a New Mural—Here Are the Five Finalists

The winning design will wrap around Synetic Theater—and beautify the streetscape as Amazon moves in.

Long before Crystal City became the site of HQ2, Synetic Theater was one of the neighborhood’s few cultural draws. So it seems only fair that its drab exterior become one of the earliest beneficiaries of efforts to beautify the area as Amazon’s presence there builds.

The Crystal City BID and Amazon’s landlord JBG Smith sponsored a contest to find a muralist to give the theater a colorful facelift. Arlington County and the theater itself were also partners in the effort. Since the call for entries went out in July, 24 submissions have rolled in from around the world…