If you’re looking for a crazy experience in DC this spring, then you’re in luck. On April 30, Dupont Underground will be unveiling an all-white installation made from 650,000 translucent plastic balls from the shuttered National Building Museum exhibition. Yet this isn’t just like any ball pit. Rather, it’s set to transform 7,000 square feet of an old trolley station into an interactive building block system, sort of like a life-sized Lego set, where visitors can move around blocks and shape the space themselves.
The Dupont Underground is a 501(c)(3) cultural organization reactivating an old subway streetcar in DC as a venue for creativity in the form of arts and design. It’s made up of 75,000 square feet of repurposed infrastructural space less than a mile from the White House underneath Dupont Circle.
This current design is called the “Raise/Raze” installation. It’s the brainchild of New York-based architecture and design studio Hou de Sousa, won a competition held in partnership between the museum and Dupont Underground, which called for entries to reuse the balls. The design team compared the “Raise/Raze” installation to a “massive sandbox” in a statement, where people are able to easily change their environment by constructing or destroying various forms. Although shapes will be pre-assembled for opening day, visitors will be allowed to modify them.
To attend the installation, which runs between April 30 and June 1, you need to reserve tickets in advance. Since this is such a unique space, only small groups of about 50 will be allowed in at any given time. Admission will cost $15, with tickets being available to purchase closer to the opening date. Yet without a doubt, this project has “built up” plenty of attention, so reservations will most likely go fast. To make a reservation now, pledge $25 to Dupont Underground’s Indiegogo campaign. If you’d like to learn more, you can also click here!