Julian (my assistant) and I were invited to the Building Museum this morning to check out Wright on the Walls, a room-sized coloring book featuring Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture, The Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017, which chronicles the past and the future of the first federally operated psychiatric hospital, and the setup for Hive, this summer's superstar mega installation, which opens July 4th.

 
An iPhone/VSCO edit of the 5th St NW façade of the Building Museum.

An iPhone/VSCO edit of the 5th St NW façade of the Building Museum.

Wright on the Walls

Wright on the Walls celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday and "features original interpretations of built and unbuilt Wright designs created by local artists Scott Clowney and Vlad Zabavskiy. Focusing on five areas of Wright’s work—residential, commercial, houses of worship, automobile culture, and decorative details." The entire room is a coloring book and guests are free to color with dry erase markers which are provided. Way more fun that suspected.

Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852 - 2017

Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852 - 2017 details the history of the first federally operated psychiatric hospital. Photography wasn't allowed but there are lots of photos on the Building Museum website. Click the link above to check them out. (And do, because they're fantastic.)

Hive

In the summer of recent years, the Building Museum has brought some sort of spectacle to DC and this year looks to be no exception. An enormous installation by Studio GangHive is currently under construction and being "built entirely of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes, a construction material that is recyclable, lightweight, and renewable. The tubes vary in size from several inches to 10 feet high and will be interlocked to create three dynamic interconnected, domed chambers. Reaching 60 feet tall, the installation’s tallest dome features an oculus over 10 feet in diameter. The tubes feature a reflective silver exterior and vivid magenta interior, creating a spectacular visual contrast with the Museum’s historic nineteenth-century interior and colossal Corinthian columns."

Hive runs July 4 - September 4.
Tickets are available on the National Building Museum website.

There's a ton of musical programming and after-hours events associated with the exhibition. Make sure to sign up for the Building Museum's newsletter so you don't miss out!

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