The design competition, Re-Ball, and resulting installation of 650,000, 3-inch plastic balls in the Dupont Underground will mark the (albeit temporary) opening of the revitalized former streetcar station beneath Dupont Circle when it opens April 30.
The Dupont Underground is hosting an open design competition for a site-specific installation using the plastic balls, salvaged from the successful BEACH installation at the National Building Museum this summer.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the Dupont Underground to make its cultural mission evident from the beginning, and to do something unexpected, unprecedented, and large-scale,” said Braulio Agnese, the nonprofit’s managing director, in a press release. “We were thrilled when the National Building Museum agreed to let us take the BEACH balls for a new installation, and we’re eager to see what people envision for the material, and our space.”
The installation will take over a portion of the east platform, a curving, 14,000-square-foot venue in the former tunnels.
The competition runs through March 4 and the winning design will be open for public viewing from April 30 through June 1.
The Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground (ACDU) signed a five- year lease with the District government in late 2014 for the approximately 75,000 square feet of abandoned streetcar tunnels and platforms beneath Dupont Circle.
Interested in submitting? Here are the details:
• Competition Launch: January 4, 2016
• Early Registration Deadline: February 4, 2016
• Close of Entries: March 4, 2016 Page 2
• Winner Announcement: March 21, 2016
• Competition Jury: architect Julian Hunt, Dupont Underground founder and co-principal at Hunt Laudi Studio; Chase W. Rynd, executive director, the National Building Museum; Vesela Sretenović, senior curator of modern and contemporary art at The Phillips Collection; architect Michael Kubo, Collective– LOK founding partner; D.C. artist, entrepreneur, and community organizer Tendani Mpulubusi El; and architects Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest, principals at Ultramoderne (which will have one vote)
• First-Place Prize: $3,500
• Construction Budget: $10,000
• Installation Opens: April 29, 2016
• Installation Closes: June 1, 2016
• Website: re-ball.orgComments