Capitol Theater at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum

Posted on Apr 1, 2018

I’m fresh back from Washington D.C., where I attended several days of festivities for the opening of “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.” An incredible time was had by all. If you read my last post, you know that my creative colleagues in Five Ton Crane debuted our latest work there. It’s called the Capitol Theater. It was commissioned for the event and built from scratch (not a modified vehicle), in just ten short weeks. If I may say so myself, it’s beautiful.

As a team, we made everything right down to the black and white movies. I myself designed the decorative steel end-caps on the end of each row of theater seats. I also laid much of the tile floor and contributed with a few carpentry odds and ends. The seats are my pride and joy though–drafted in Rhino and laser cut from 1/8″ steel.

Enjoy the photos. If you can make it to D.C. by September, I highly recommend the show. It is free to visit and extends into the surrounding neighborhoods, helping make it the largest ever show put on by the museum. The museum itself is beautiful too, and has the distinction of being the first building in the country built for the purpose of art exhibition.


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