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‘Life-size bingo’ comes to the roof of Union Market this Sunday

The space is being converted into an interactive pop-up exhibit

Union Market, a wide warehouse-like building with groups of people sitting out front.
Union Market (2012)
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First, it turned into a tennis court. And now, on July 28, the Union Market rooftop will transform into a “life-size bingo” board with enough room for 75 people per game, say representatives of the market’s owner. Three games will be played from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dubbed “Let’s Play,” the free event is the work of D.C.-based artist and designer Maggie O’Neill. “The surrounding environment will serve as an extension to the artwork, allowing guests to enjoy a sensory experience meant to capture the nostalgia and universal themes of play and the summer season,” according to a release from MoKi Media. “O’Neill is aiming to create an environment that imitates the energy of the artwork and the game, connecting the patron to her art in another dimension.” Developer Edens owns the Union Market building.

The games will be first-come, first-serve, and players can win prints by O’Neill as well as gift certificates to local businesses. (For those who would rather not stand for a prolonged time, regular-size bingo will also be available on the rooftop.) Music and food will be on hand, too.

Edens is currently partnering with the Washington Kastles on a 700-seat tennis stadium on the Union Market rooftop. The franchise is playing a tournament at the site through July 27.

A square made of 36 squares of bingo boards in different colors, with two vertical ice cream cones painted in the middle: blue, pink, red, and green.
The “Let’s Play” display by Maggie O’Neill
Dominique Fierro, courtesy of MoKi Media

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