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Preview of Sky-Fi at ZERO1

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Rebar has created two projects for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose, California. Here’s a preview of Sky-Fi, a collaboration with architect Christopher Haas.  Sky-Fi is a streetscape canopy that spans S. 1st Street in San Jose’s SoFa district. The tensioned lines are made of EL wire wrapped in a white mesh textile and are suspended among the light posts, palms and jacaranda trees that line the block.  Sky-Fi stretches streams of light back and forth across the street, its filaments converging at the ZERO1 Garage; the exhibition hub for public programs.

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The Biennial’s theme, Seeking Silicon Valley, proposes that contemporary art practice can re-imagine the idea, the place, and the experience of Silicon Valley. Please join us  at the exhibition opening on September 13, 2012 at the ZERO1 Garage.


And stay tuned for news about Rebar’s second ZERO1 project, The Great Room!  Here’s what’s stirring in the Rebar shop:

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September 12th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

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Reporting from OPENkitch’n in DC

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OPENkitch’n is a collaboration between Rebar and the D.C. Office of Planning (DCOP), curator Justine Topfer, the 14th Uptown Business Association (14-UBA), neighborhood residents, local restaurant owners, D.C.-based artists, and funded by an ArtPlace grant. Rebar worked with these partners to produce a progressive dinner and culture crawl that represented the diverse restaurants and businesses of Central 14th Street NW.

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The crawl made stops at three gathering points along 14th from Shepherd Street NW to Spring Street NW, sampling local flavors and accompanied by performance art, live music, and mural painting. This event, open to the public, was an intimate neighborhood tour that brought out both local residents and visitors from all over the city, drawing attention to the existing businesses of the corridor. Revenue from event ticket sales will be reinvested back into the corridor, managed by the 14-UBA, to support local business development and seed economic initiatives.

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If you’re in the D.C. area, be sure to check out the incredible restaurants, businesses and artists that participated in this event:


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Margot MacDonald

International Capoeira-Angola Foundation

Chukwuma Agubokwu

Tim Conlon

DECOY and Chanel Compton from Albus Cavus


The Red Derby – 3718 14th Street NW

Rib Pit – 3905 14th Street NW

Washington Pizza – 1353 Randolph St NW

Sisy’s Restaurant – 3911 14th St NW

Susana’s Pupuseria – 3801 14th St NW

Carolina Restaurant – 3700 14th St NW

14th Mini Market – 3904 14th Street, NW

Dffrnt Wrld Deli

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OPENkitch’n was the third event of Rebar’s collaboration, following Public Art: It’s a Verb! back in April and the recent Street Furniture Design Build. These events and interventions support DCOP’s long-term Small Area Plan by prototyping experiences such as outdoor gathering, sociability and street life while testing specific designs for streetscapes and sidewalk furniture.

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August 28th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

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Urban Prototyping Festival 2012

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Rebar is pleased to announce our participation in creating UP: 2012 Urban Prototyping Festival!

UP: San Francisco will center around Placemaking Through Prototyping: How Citizen Experiments Reimagine the Public Realm. The festival will foster a wide array of new creative projects which blend the digital and physical to explore new possibilities in public space. Every project produced will be open source, publicly documented, and replicable in any city in the world.

UP: San Francisco culminates in a weekend Make-a-thon in September and a final exhibition in October.

And there is an OPEN CALL for projects, and the deadline is August 20th, so submit your project idea now and help lift our city UP!

UP: San Francisco is a collaboration among some stellar organizations, including:

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts
Intersection for the Arts
San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation

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August 8th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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Book your tickets for Rebar’s upcoming OPENkitch’n event in DC

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August 7th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

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Rebar in DC

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Rebar just completed our second ArtPlace event along the 14th Street NW Corridor with the DC Office of Planning and the 14th Street Uptown Business Association.  We set up a temporary workshop on 14th Street and Crittenden for the week and held open studios each night for volunteers.  On Saturday for our Street Furniture Design Build, community members, business owners, and DC planners alike came together to help sand, paint, and assemble furniture pieces.

We worked with Creative Dimension Group to cut flat plywood pieces with a CNC router.  These are the first prototypes of our kit-of-parts furniture that can be easily assembled and disassembled as necessary.  The pieces were designed in varying animal shapes and painted with bright colors with the intent to celebrate “play” in the urban environment.

(L) Volunteers painting high stool pieces; (R) Angie with a high table and stool set at Smokey’s.

We made 3 sets of high tables with bar-height stools and gave them to local businesses along the Corridor.  The sidewalks in DC are very wide (reaching 35′ at certain points) with ample opportunities for public use. Five planters shaped like hippos with fold-out benches were placed along the corridor.

Sandy and Aziza on a planter and stool.

Our final piece was a whale-shaped porch swing that hung from a crocodile head frame. The swing can be interchanged with a community message board. We met some great folks in the neighborhood and are excited about how the pieces turned out!

Our Swing on the corner of 14th and Crittenden.

Testing out the swing!

See our flickr for more photographs of the event.

After our event, I took a tour of Dupont Underground with Julian Hunt (of Hunt Laudi Studio), Monling Lee, and Braulio Agnese.  We met Julian at our first event in DC for 5×5; he was a part of our panel, “Public Art: It’s a Verb!”

Existing conditions of Dupont Underground.

Dupont Underground is a non-profit started by Julian to re-open an abandoned tunnel just beneath Dupont Circle. This amazing underground space was in use as a trolly station for just over twenty years before it was closed in 1975. The 75,000 square feet of space is ripe with opportunities for exhibitions and events. We’re excited to hear how the story unfolds of bringing Dupont Underground back into the public realm.

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July 24th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

StoreFrontLab announces their year-long schedule of projects

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The StoreFrontLab, an exploration of storefronts as places of community, creativity and local industry, has recently announced a year-long series of curated installation at 337 Shotwell Street.  Works by Rebar family and friends Heather Smith, Kelly Gregory and Kristin Saunders will be featured in the exhibitions space.

Stay tuned for updates and join us at the opening on July 28, 2012, 5-9pm.


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July 23rd, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Rebar is Hiring

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Rebar is hiring an Artist!


Rebar seeks an outstanding individual to join our growing team of professional artists and designers!

Rebar is a small and growing art and design studio located in San Francisco’s Mission District. Our projects occupy the intersection of art, design and ecology, but span many disciplines and often engage outside collaborators. Architecture, landscape and art practice are the core skillsets with which we approach the world. Though our image is often rightly associated with guerrilla tactics, we have developed a professional art and design studio that explores some of the most interesting projects in the contemporary urban landscape. Our clients include museums, public agencies, private companies, neighborhood groups, architects and developers and arts organizations.

Rebar’s ongoing art practice often involves a method of sampling and remixing, similar to the methods employed by DJs. Our artwork radically decontextualizes ordinary objects and materials as a strategy for exploring shared structures of cultural symbolism and to generate new forms of meaning. This conceptual approach has resulted in artworks rendered in a diverse variety of media, including earthworks, monumental steel sculpture and temporary performance installation.

Current Opening: Associate Artist (3-4 days/week contract position to start, with opportunity to become full-time employee)

To expand our art practice, we are seeking energetic and well-­rounded applicants who have a passion for artmaking and exceptional spatial/visual communication skills to turn art concepts into masterfully constructed artworks. The right candidate operates in the sweet spot of professionalism, confidence, imagination and a sense of humor.

Skills and Qualifications

• MFA/MID/Master’s Degree in industrial design, sculpture, architecture or other material-­based art practice
• 2+ years work experience in a professional art and/or design context
• Excellent ability to communicate and develop ideas through hand sketching
• Willingness to explore and expand Rebar’s conceptual approach to artmaking
• Fluency in 3D surface modeling program (Sketchup, Rhino) and solid modeling (Solidworks)
• Knowledge and ability to render (Maxwell, Vray, etc.) and compose professional presentations in Adobe CS
• Familiarity with current materials, products and finishes related to permanent artwork sited in public spaces
• Understanding of building and fabrication processes
• Understanding of standard design practices including professional communication, record keeping, etc.
• Knowledge of budgeting and project management procedures
• Experience managing others desirable but not required

3. How to Apply:

A) Download the PDF for the position here.

B) Submit all of the information requested in the PDF as directed

C) The position remains open until filled. No Phone calls please!

Rebar is an equal opportunity employer and does not select its job applicants or employees based upon race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability status.

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July 16th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Rebar Street Furniture Design-Build in DC

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July 13th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

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Vive le frontages!

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In his recent publication, Reconquérir Les Rues (Reconquering the Streets), architect, urban planner, and professor Nicolas Soulier offers a unique perspective on reclaiming public space, particularly along residential streets and back alleys. Soulier outlines the typology of the “active” frontage zone” and offers examples of tactical urbanism and spontaneity in the intermediary space between roadways and private property. Drawing examples from Europe, North America, and Japan, his case studies are modest and DIY; from stoops and street furniture to garden sheds and bike corrals.

And, of course, he gives a nod to Park(ing) Day and the Parklet.

Check it out:

Reconquering the Street: Examples and Paths of Action from Around the World

Nicolas Soulier

2012 Les Éditions Ulmer

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July 2nd, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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Rebar is OFFICIALLY in the Running for the Mission Small Business Grant!

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Thanks to everyone who voted for Rebar for the Mission Small Business Grant. We received more than the 250 votes needed, and now we’re in the running! Recipients will be announced mid September. Keep your eyes peeled!

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June 29th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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VOTE for Rebar for the Mission: Small Business Grant!

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Rebar has applied for a small business grant through a promotional program of Chase Bank and LivingSocial called “Mission: Small Business,” which offers twelve $250K grants to small businesses around the country. To be in the running for a grant, we need at least 250 votes on the Mission: Small Business website. Rebar could use such a grant to grow our operation and to expand the positive impact on the public realms and creative communities of the Bay Area and the world! So please vote for us!

Please spread the word! Let’s see if we can get hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands of votes!

Vote now, as the voting closes June 30th.

It’s simple:

1) visit
2) login with Facebook
3) search for “Rebar” in the business name field
4) vote for Rebar!

It’s that easy. Thanks for your support and please do spread the word to help Rebar!

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June 18th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

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The de Young Museum announces Rebar as a 2012 Artist Fellow

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The de Young Museum has announced Rebar’s collaborative 2012 Artist Fellowship. Teaming up with artist Sean Orlando and in partnership with the Black Rock Art Foundation, we will be developing Urbanauts, a speculative exploration of urban infrastructure and the everyday urban experience:

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“Through a series of interwoven conversations, urban expeditions, and conjectural artworks, Orlando and Rebar will examine and explore the ways in which urban inhabitants relate (or don’t) to the largely unseen mechanical systems, societal constructs, and cultural imperatives that mediate and structure life in the built environment.”

read more here or here.

Keep your eyes peeled in October 2012 and throughout 2013!

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May 23rd, 2012 at 2:31 pm

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