Dakota with Coin Panda; Photo - Victoria Palley

There are two words Gothamist has in our mind and they are "road trip" - what with the upcoming May 10th unveiling of the Washington D.C. public arts program, Panda Mania. Readers Eugene, Matt and corie let us know that the Washington Post glimpsed inside the artists' studios where many of the pandas are being painted, complete with slideshow of panda painting. Plus, one of the artists, Victoria Palley, gave us some more details on the "on-site studios": 40 other artists are working there, and then 110 other pandas were dispersed to studios and homes. She also sent us some photographs of the and let us know her panda (pictured right) will be in front of the National Theatre.

Plan your trip to D.C., either by car or by train. And if you go to D.C., you must see the real pandas at the National Zoo.

Gothamist on Pandamania.