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From a press release:

The Dupont Underground, the nonprofit organization that is revitalizing the former trolley station beneath D.C.’s iconic Dupont Circle into a new venue for art, performance, and creative activation, is pleased to announce the launch of Re-Ball!, an open design competition for a site-specific installation in part of the subterranean space. The exhibition and events that occur during its run will be the first time the old station has been opened up for use in two decades.

Re-Ball! is the result of a Dupont Underground partnership with the National Building Museum to reuse the hundreds of thousands of translucent 3-inch plastic balls that were part of the museum’s blockbuster BEACH installation last summer. In addition to donating the balls, the National Building Museum will also have a representative on the competition jury, help promote the Re-Ball! competition and exhibition, and assist with the installation and programming. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

Sometime between 3:00 – 4:00 am Sunday/Monday this happened to one of the pillars at the entrance to my building in Columbia Heights. It totally looks like a car smashed right into it. Funny thing, no tire marks anywhere. Anyway, cops and management company are looking into. Building and everyone who lives there are fine.

Mgmt Co stepped up really quick and got this temp structure erected to keep loose debris, etc. from affecting foot traffic in/around the building. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to reach out to the community regarding getting some work on this blank canvas. So, here’s the call for some street art / mural on a temporary structure.

Catch #1 – Unfortunately the Board will not be able to approve any funds for this project. While I personally may be able to help buy paint, this would be mostly a pro bono piece of work. The site is right on a prominent corner on 14th St in lower Columbia Heights – so the work would get great visibility – if that helps.

Catch #2 – this will definitely get tagged. I was hoping a nice piece of art might stand a better chance, but after seeing other work defaced in the neighborhood, I’m not so sure. Just a head’s up.

Finally – you’d have 90% creative control. Would just need to have a chat about your ideas. You could do a full wrap or just one wall. All styles accepted. Go crazy or do something more winter-y or Christmas-y. (Heck, I was thinking of just painting the whole box like a giant Christmas present, complete with a real giant red bow. Ha!)”


From a press release:

“On Friday, November 13, at one of DC’s busiest intersections, the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will unveil four wooden sculptures designed by local artist Foon Sham. The public will have the opportunity to meet the artist on-site from noon – 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. Located in the urban rain gardens on all four corners of 19th and L Streets NW, these sculptures are the first in a new series of temporary art in the rain gardens, which will rotate on an annual basis.

Built from more than 3,700 pieces of wood, the sculptures resemble vessels used to collect water, and are symbolic of the function of the rain gardens, which is to keep excess rainwater from entering the sewer system. “The sculptures bring natural elements to an unexpected place. They complement the function of the rain garden and contrast the busy urban intersection,” said Sham.”


From a press release:

Artomatic returns for its signature free art event to be held this year in Hyattsville, Maryland. Artomatic draws over 1000 artists and performers throughout the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area to showcase their talents for a six weeks long free exhibition that routinely attracts more than 75,000 visitors.

This year, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Department of Parks and Recreation welcomes Artomatic to Prince George’s County in a 90,000 square foot space, located at 8100 Corporate Drive in Hyattsville with a Halloween themed opening weekend celebration.

Artomatic is well-known for transforming empty spaces into vibrant arts communities that create unique and exciting events for tens of thousands of visitors – all free to visit. Anyone can show art at Artomatic – it is non-juried and art is selected on a first-come, first serve basis – so it’s a great way to discover new art. (more…)