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It took me more than five years of D.C. residence but only one short bike ride to discover a giant. The Awakening sculpture at Hains Point comprises a face and limbs rising up, Night of the Living Dead– style, from the banks of the Potomac. The half-buried figure struck me as so avant-garde in a city seemingly committed to the notion that public art exists in only one form: positively inoffensive, cartoonishly festooned animals. Artists’ collective KIOSKdc and a few additional artists (including Washington City Paper employee Ben Claassen III) pick up where the big guy leaves off, using the stuff of giants as fodder for a new multimedia exhibition, “Traveling With Gulliver.” The four-part show bases itself loosely on the voyages undertaken by Swift’s unlikely hero. And by loosely, I mean expect an expansive installation of cellophane Easter grass. Resist the temptation to taste the tiny plastic eggs when the show is on view from 2 to 7 p.m. (to July 24; see City List for additional gallery times) at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Free. (202) 462-7833.