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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.
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.
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.
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:
2012 Les Éditions Ulmer
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!
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 that easy. Thanks for your support and please do spread the word to help Rebar!
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:
“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.”
Keep your eyes peeled in October 2012 and throughout 2013!
On April 14th Rebar landed in Austin as part of Art City Austin, a half art festival half block party put on by Art Alliance Austin. The festival marked Bubbleware’s first stateside deployment outside of San Francisco. Art City Austin closed two main thoroughfares for one weekend, allowing artists and festival goers to experience the streets sans cars. For two days, Bubbleware were spread out over the 6 block spread creating hot spots of improvised lounge space.
Rebar was invited back to participate in both the Fusebox festival and Plaza Life festival. Bubbleware was first installed at the Fusebox “hub” before being transferred to Frost Bank Tower’s expansive plaza. The Bubbleware were quite comfortable in their new high-class digs, softening the austerity of Frost Bank Tower’s plaza and inviting passers-by to participate in the many events happening that weekend.
Rebar’s last stop in our whirlwind tour was City Hall, where Matthew Passmore spoke as part of the Next Level speaker series.
We felt right at home in Austin and hope we contributed to “keepin’ it weird”.
In April, Rebar teamed up with the Washington DC Office of Planning, the 14th Street Uptown Business Association, and curator Justine Topfer to participate in a citywide public art project, 5×5. Together we put on a series of events and activities to engage the community in generating design ideas for pubic space along the Central 14th Street NW Corridor.
At the intersection of 14th Street NW and Colorado Avenue, we tested out a future Colorado Art Plaza. The mockup incorporated a full-scale street painting, new planting beds, and moveable Bubbleware street furniture. Later in the day we ran a Community Design Charrette: a series of visualizing activities. Sharing our design process tools, participants offered feedback, sketched ideas, and built scaled model pieces.
In mid-June, Rebar will return to DC with a collection of temporary “test” furniture based on the conversations and feedback we received during this first visit. Rebar’s collaboration in DC intends to test out full-scale designs to see how they work before permanent investments are made.
Emily Badger’s article in the Atlantic Cities that came out today discusses the innovation hotbed that is San Francisco, Pavement to Parks, hackathons, permits, and Rebar. Great article on a topic that’s percolating into the public discourse.