Washington DC December 13th, 2015

WPA Washington Produced Artists
Curated by Laura Roulet

Workingman Collective will create and document a methodical purposeful walk and action that aims to tie the past to the present.

Starting at 9 am, December 13, 2015 at 1227 G street NW, Workingman Collective and company will walk a 9.2 mile journey to visit all the former homes that WPA has occupied since its inception in chronological order, connecting the sites by unspooling/collecting 55,000 linear feet of hi-visibility baling twine behind them. Using modified pier-fishing carts designed to carry the unspooling/collected twine WMC will solicit and welcome friends, collaborators, and the DC community to join the “Twine Hike”. As each WPA site is reached a simple action/marker of sowing seeds will be scattered near the former building and a drummer will announce the groups arrival and departure. WMC will navigate the route and repeat from site to site until the walk is complete.

A limited edition route map, seed packet*, video and book documenting the walk will be created. WPA will distribute maps to anyone interested in visiting the sites.

* Handmade printed seed packets containing Narrowleaft Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium) will be sewn in nearby green strips and handed out along the twine hike route. 

Narrowleaft Mountain Mint is an area native plant that provides a nectar source for pollinators and is well suited for use in pollinator restoration habitat.  WMC sees the Twine project planting action and drumming as a celebratory signal and pollinator of ideas that resonates with the long embedded history and mission of the WPA.

Route + Year 

1227 G Street NW . (1975 - 1982)
Jennifer Building, 400 7th Street NW . (1982)
434 7th Street NW . (June 1987 - December 1988)
Jennifer Building 400 7th Street NW . (1988 - 1995)
Corcoran, 500 17th Street NW . (1996 - 2008)
2023 Massachusetts Avenue NW . (2008 - January 2013)
Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I Street SW . (February 2013 - November 2015)
Atlantic Plumbing Building, 2124 8th Street NW . (November 2015 - )