The National Building Museum is thrilled to present its highly anticipated seventh Summer Block Party installation LOOK HERE by artist and architect Suchi Reddy, founder and principal of Reddymade Architecture & Design in New York. The installation will open to the public on Saturday, July 1 and will be on display through Labor Day, Monday, September 4. The Museum is open every Thursday through Monday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Best known for her large-scale projects that connect the emotional quality of human engagement with space, Reddy is the sixth designer to produce the Summer Block Party’s signature installation, and the first BIPOC woman to partner with the Museum on this annual exhibition.
“My mantra is form follows feeling,” Reddy said. “I believe that architecture, environments, and experiences play an essential role in shaping an understanding of ourselves as humans with agency, equity, and empathy.”
Bringing this ethos to LOOK HERE, Reddy has designed an installation of reflective fractals that visitors encounter on an oval ramp that fills the Center Court of the Museum’s Great Hall. Oversized mirrored elements shaped like ‘fortune-tellers’, the folded paper playthings that have engaged kids for generations, hang from above. The reflection of the Museum’s interior, the movement of the elements, and the changing light as the sun passes through space will transform the Great Hall into a contemplative though dynamic space during the day, and a disco at night.
As visitors make their way along the ramp, they will also encounter iconic images of activist gatherings in Washington, DC such as the 1963 March on Washington. This underscores the idea that Washington was designed, not only to house a democratic government, but also to be a physical representation of democratic ideals and beliefs. It also furthers Reddy’s philosophy that buildings and landscapes impact how we feel and, in turn, shape our society.
National Building Museum is located at 401 F Street NW.