Arts

From beach to underground: a sneak peek of Raise/Raze

Photo by Rob Cannon

[nectar_dropcap color=””]S [/nectar_dropcap]tretching out through the tunnels of the Dupont Underground is a cavern made of plastic balls. Stalagmites and stalactites of balls rise from the floor and descend from the ceiling. Several walls and curved structures wrap around the existing walls in way that seems made for selfies (Sorry Renwick, Facebook profiles are going to be updated). More that just a static installation, the balls are arranged in blocks and affixed with velcro. Visitors are encouraged to move them, which should change the installation over time.

The Dupont Underground acquired the plastic balls from the National Building Museum’s The Beach installation a year ago. Over a hundred designs were submitted and, in March, Hou de Sousa‘s Raise/Raze concept was selected. Just two months later, the installation opens today and runs for entire month of May. Tickets have already sold out, but Victoria and I were able to get a sneak peek organized by IGDC. Be sure watch the official hashtags of the installation, #raiseraze, #dupontunderground, #houdesousa as well as #igdc.

A life-long resident of the DC area, I recently started viewing the city from a different angle: behind a camera. I enjoy capturing concerts, dance, and festivals. My photos are often of concerts seen on popular local blogs, such as DCist.