I went to the D.C. State Fair at 4:00 yesterday – it had been running for 5 hours and had 4 more hours to go, but there didn’t seem to be too many activities going on, and the heat was incredible given the massive concrete slab that is Storey Park.
But even with not much going on, it’s always fun to see Storey Park with people in it, walking over the great art underneath, and the cute kids around.
There was a fairly small Dump Trump rally yesterday, on the corner by the soon-to-open Trump Hotel. The rally was sponsored by D.C.’s shadow representative, Representative Garcia, and the other shadow, Senator Strauss, also spoke. Both men spoke about the goal of not having the city or its residents drive any money toward the Trump Hotel (which is scheduled to open on September 12th).
Today is the 100th birthday of the founding of the National Park Service, and in celebration NPS staged a massive version of their logo on the Mall. It was created by 1,200 volunteers holding colored umbrellas, and photographed from above by a helicopter.
Here they are getting ready for it:
And here’s what it looked like when the photo from the helicopter was taken.
The Disarm Hate rally took place on August 13th at West Potomac Park near the Washington Monument. Its goal is “LGBTQ equal rights & realistic gun law reform,” and is allied with a large number of other groups, including the Newtown Action Alliance, the Trevor Project, and the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence.
I heard several of the speakers, including the incredibly moving Christine Leinonen whose son Drew died at Pulse, and Mathew, brother of Vicki Soto, who died at Sandy Hook while trying to protect her students.
The new exhibit at the National Building Museum, ICEBERGS, takes over the great hall with icebergs ranging from 16 to 56 feet tall. The work was designed by James Corner Field Operations, who also was the lead project architect for the High Line in New York.
The icebergs are in an enclosure surrounded by netting, with blue lights shown on it to create an eerie underseas glow. Here’s the view from outside the enclosure:
Inside the enclosure, you feel like you are underseas in a blue world:
There are stairs up to an observation deck, and a slide:
There are also icecube-like pillows to lounge on:
The exhibit transforms the Great Hall, and the Great Hall transforms the exhibit, as the dramatic windows cast light and shadows everywhere: