WPA is pleased to serve as the Programming Partner for Lance Fung’s Nonuments, part of the DC Commission on the Art and Humanities’ citywide public arts initiative, The 5×5 Project.

Nonuments is a temporary sculpture park featuring “monuments” dedicated not to the great, but to ordinary people, to the ideals of democracy, and to the common struggles of humanity. Each Nonument tackles timely, relevant, and emotionally engaging concerns.

As Fung Collaboratives’ Programming Partner, WPA has engaged local artists and the public with Nonuments through projects including:

  • The Mud Dance 
    A community picnic and art-making event to create benches, designed by artist Michael Koliner, out of a mixture of clay, straw, and water called “cob.”

  • Moments Greater than Monuments 
    A series of performance actions during the Nonuments opening comprising new works by artists Graham Boyle, Eames Armstrong, Cesar Maxit, and Zosia Sztykowski. Boyle and Maxit’s project entitled End The Quota addresses a congressional mandate that requires 34,000 immigrant detention center beds to be filled every day, often for the profit of private companies. Armstrong and Sztykowski created a performance rooted in the experiences of survivors of street harassment.

  • Create a Nonument 
    A citywide youth art contest inspiring children to create their own tribute to a person, idea, or thing to be “monumentalized.”

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September 6 – October 6, 2014


990 4th Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
(open lot at 4th and I Streets SW)

Opening reception

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 11am-1pm

Photo gallery