Pump House Pop-Up

DECEMBER 2 2017 – MARCH 3 2018

TAKOMA PARK — Pump House Pop-Up, an outdoor gallery created by Pyramid Atlantic, opened its first exhibition on December 2, 2017.

"Water Works" focuses on the gallery’s proximity to the defunct pumping station and the importance of clean, clear water to Takoma Park. Pyramid Atlantic artists Marty Ittner and Gretchen Schermerhorn created a cyanotype /screenprint installation that utilizes imagery sourced from Historic Takoma. For their cyanotypes (photographic prints exposed in the sun) they even exposed prints in Sligo Creek Park, using found rocks and sand.

In tandem with the exhibition, a self-guided walking tour encourages visitors to take a walk back in time. Sepia-toned historic prints are waiting to be discovered in the very spots where the original photos were taken in the 1900s. Highlights include spotting the circular foundation of the filtration building in Sligo Creek, and envisioning Washington Adventist’s sanitarium—an architectural gem razed in 1982—on the hill above the creek. Pump House Pop-Up is made possible by the City of Takoma Park Community Grants Program.

Pump House Pop-Up presents

"Water Works" by Marty Ittner and Gretchen Schermerhorn

Hilltop Road, between Geneva and Maple Aves, Takoma Park

Open 24/7

Self-guided walking tour maps on site or Here

Press Release Here


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HOURS (as of July 1, 2020):

Wednesday–Thursday 10am–8pm

Friday–Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 12pm–5pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday

A Note About Pyramid and Covid Safety:

While we are encouraged by the numbers reported locally and nationally, Pyramid is committed to the health of our artists and visitors. At this time, we are choosing to be more conservative than the local ordinances. We have increased our studio capacity numbers in some areas but will  continue to operate the building at a reduced capacity and require mask wearing in all public spaces. 

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