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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.

Written by Rebar

July 24th, 2012 at 12:30 pm