Toki Series [Farragut Square]

IT’S HOT. Is anyone else sick of 100 degree, 100% humidity days? In D.C., it seems like lately all anyone can talk about is 1) how hot it is and 2) how to cool off. I’ve found myself this summer looking more and more for indoor activities instead of sweating it out outside. Luckily, D.C. has a fantastic art scene that allows for ample opportunities to check out creative pieces and revel in some lifesaving A/C at the same time.

This past Saturday, I had the chance to check out SYNTH SERIES 005: REVERB in downtown D.C. The installation was a part of SYNTH SERIES: THE INTERSECTION OF MUSIC, SPACE, & ARCHITECTURE, created by TOKI -a group of two recent architecture graduates who transform public spaces with their colorful, three dimensional expressions of music. A bit of personal backstory about this exhibit: last summer, I set out to visit SYNTH SERIES 002, which was set up in a vacant warehouse, only to find that someone had unexpectedly cut it down! So I was so thrilled to hear that TOKI was doing another installation this summer.

It’s really something you’ve got to check out in person to get the full sensory experience of the work, but I tried to capture a bit on camera.

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Karina + Max [Union Market]

This past weekend, I convinced my very nice and photogenic friends Karina and Max to be my models in a fun photo shoot around town. We went in search of some bright murals, and after a failed attempt to visit Storey Park in NoMa (padlocked when events aren’t going on, apparently!), we ended up back at one of my favorite DC spots, Union Market. After a lap around the market – which included a stop at Little Baby’s Ice Cream for perhaps the tastiest salty chocolate ice cream – we checked out some of the colorful art that decorates the outside walls of the market.

Mom + Dad [Washington, DC]

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My parents came to visit me this weekend. It’s always great when family comes into town – it makes DC feel a little more like home. It’s especially fun when my parents visit because they used to live in this area when they were first married. Each time they’re here, I love showing them around the city from my point of view, hearing their stories of DC life “back in the day” and comparing notes about how much has changed over the years.

Big, bold colors – not to mention bright, sunny weather – seemed to be a common theme of our activities this weekend. From the psychedelic neon light show at the M83/Tame Impala concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion (my parents are big fans!), to the colorful WONDER exhibition at the Renwick Gallery, to the vivid murals decorating the outside of Union Market, plenty of vibrant photo ops abounded. Living in a city that’s more often “concrete jungle” than “urban oasis,” my eye is always drawn to the pops of color that crop up around town.