Just put a sidewalk on the grass and we're set, yo
The Smithsonian turned the Mall into a city of tents, each one dedicated to a certain participant's activities. Some tents served as mini-amphitheaters with different musical performers rotating all day; others had more permanent installations (like Streetplay). The Smithsonian specially constructed props for certain participants--our mockup of a brownstone in front of a specially-poured slab of concrete sidewalk was arguably the most elaborate installation on the mall (at the very least, it was among the tallest). Some native DC'ers jokingly asked whether our brownstone was "going condo."
Streetplay brought the indigenous street games of NYC to literally thousands of people who visited us. Perhaps by design, our installation was closest to the Smithsonian stop on the Metro, DC's clean little subway system. An authentic NYC MTA subway car and city bus sat adjacent to our stoop, completing the public transportation motif.
While we didn't count the number of people who visited our "block," we estimate 8-10 thousand people came by (we're guessing about 150 people/hour over 60 hours of the festival). We collected about 350 names and e-mail addresses from people, and gave out exactly $54,387 in Streetplay money (actually, we have no clue how much we gave out).
Despite a blistering heat in the first week of the festival, followed the next by hail and lightning storms, our guests and our staff survived, using a lot of sunscreen and drinking plenty of fluids. In the spirit of the competition, though, one of our weekend volunteers injured her wrist playing stoopball, and an otherwise fit-looking guest wrenched his back while showing his sons how to play Ace-King-Queen (he was one of a surfeit of misplaced New Yorkers now living in the DC area). All other injuries were confined to the pride of people who struck out playing stickball.
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