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Volunteer to help build Raise/Raze in the Dupont Underground “We really, really, really, need your help (did I mention really?)”

by Prince Of Petworth April 21, 2016 at 10:55 am 15 Comments


From Dupont Underground:

“Please help us build Raise/Raze, Hou de Sousa’s winning design in the Re-Ball! competition and the first ever art installation in the Dupont Underground. We really, really, really, need your help (did I mention really?). We need to build about 18 thousand cubes -composed of 27 balls each- before we open on April 30, with most of the production happening on weekends. So…don’t even bother doing the math…we have a lot to do! We’ve had an awesome lead up to this moment, with great press and all of Washington – not to mention the design world – watching to see if we can do this thing…so, LET’S DO THIS THING!

Please invite your friends and relations, get them to volunteer, the more people we have making blocks the better!

We will have stations set up with a few folks on hand to explain the process. It’s pretty simple really, we will be making an assembly line to transform balls into bricks as efficiently as possible. Our goal is to make about 1000 blocks in a day.

If you have a glue gun, please bring it (BYOGG!) Glue will be provided!

If you have not filled out our volunteer release form, please do so at least 2 hours before you come.

And please sign up for multiple shifts if you can.



Dupont Underground – 1900 Massachusetts Ave NW Entrance @ New Hampshire Avenue on northeast side of Dupont Circle.”

  • derp derp

    After all the stories of people getting pink eye from the beach exhibit at NBM I hold they cleaned these things…

    • wdc

      Yeah, it was cool in theory, but the reality was pretty gross. The whole placed smelled like a locker room, and the balls felt sort of clammy in the humidity. Not surprised if some bacteria got passed around in there (though I didn’t hear about it at the time.)
      In short, the whole enterprise has an icky association for me.

      • Anonoline

        Handling bacteria-covered balls in a dark tunnel sounds so unappealing, especially when the weather is this nice. No wonder they’re having trouble getting volunteers.

      • jdre

        99% sure some of that humidity was urine, by the look of the installation when I went to it. I’m sure it was magical on day 1, but after a few months it was just a festering overcrowded disease pit, with stains all over that ruined the illusion.

  • As Homer Simpson once said: Volunteering is for suckers. Did you know that so called ‘Volunteers’ don’t even get paid?

    • Anonoline

      Isn’t it the artist’s job to do this, or at least hire someone to do it for them? This de Sousa guy comes up with something that requires a lot of labor to implement, isn’t responsible for the actual labor, and then he gets all the credit for it?

      • jdre

        Somehow I don’t think Christo and Jeanne-Claude spammed people broadly to help them surround their islands. Some of the mystique is removed when the project is broadcast and artist-rendered before the reveal, and a lot more is removed when you spam the community to help with a ludicrous amount of work.

        • jcm

          This seems like an unfair criticism to me. Should only rich, well-connected artists be hired for projects like this? Is sending an email to popville and creating an eventbrite really spamming? You’re not into it, and that’s fine, but there’s really no reason to crap on it.

          • jdre

            #kickstarter. Pay some folks. Or scope a project that can be completed.

          • Anon

            Except they haven’t only sent an email to popville. I think a lot of us a frustrated because we’re seeing these pleas for volunteers everywhere we go online.

    • DCReggae

      always +1 for a Simpsons quote.

  • volunteered

    I volunteered earlier this week. It was pretty fun. Music on, maybe two dozen people there. To each his own, but I enjoyed it.

  • jdre

    is it bad that I’m kind of over this already?

  • Nope. Not even if you were paying.

  • Hot Glued Balls

    I did this and it was fun. Met a bunch of interesting people and it’ll be cool to walk through when it’s done knowing I helped put it together.


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