Ensemble Director Rachel Grossman on dog & pony dc’s late night event at National Building Museum Wednesday August 17 as part of their installation ICEBERGS:

I’m guessing I’m not in the minority when I admit: I take the built environment for granted. And yet, the more dog & pony dc’s friendship with the National Building Museum grows, the more often I’m striking my forehead with my palm about the ways the built environment affects our lives and lifestyle.

The built environment refers to human-made surroundings (from buildings to infrastructure) that support all of our activity. The National Building Museum (NBM) is the U.S.’s leading cultural organization dedicated to interpreting the history and impact of the built environment for people of all ages through stories of architecture, engineering, and design. Never been? It’s pretty awesome. You should go.

Maybe you’ll try it out with us for the first time on the evening of August 17, when we kick-off our first collaborative event with the NBM as part of ICEBERGS

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ICEBERGS is built from re-usable construction materials, such as scaffolding and polycarbonate paneling. The 20′ high “water line” allows panoramic views from high above the ocean surface and down below among the towering bergs. The tallest “bergy bit,” at 56′, reaches to the third story balcony of the Museum. It was designed by James Corner of Field Operations.

It seems fitting that dog & pony dc is working on a  “perspective flip” of the built environment–a human-made recreation/installation of a natural body (since we seem to always be looking to flip a perspective or two ourselves). This led us to title our evening “flip the ‘berg” and fill all the cracks and crevices of ICEBERGS (and the various floors of the museum) with art-filled activities and adventures that challenge you to look at the naturally-built environment (icebergs in real life) and human-made natural-body inspired built-environment (ICEBERGS the installation) in all sorts of playful ways:

  • conversing with a polar bear
  • recording the sounds of ICEBERGS
  • building an Abominable Snowman
  • create a dance that moves like ice
  • photographing and projecting ICEBERGS-related text and images
  • experimenting with light inside, outside, and around the installation

What will you discover about the built-environment and ICEBERGS with us?

(Guess what?: you can check out pictures of ICEBERGS on #ICEBERGSDC ahead of time!)


July 2, 2016 – September 5, 2016

Visit ICEBERGS in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the installation is part of the annual Summer Block Party series, July 2 – September 5.

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