The Future of Sports tennis installation at 700 H Street NE (Courtesy of Nicole Pinedo)
The Future of Sports tennis installation at 700 H Street NE (Courtesy of Nicole Pinedo)

An interactive pop-up art installation that explores the relationship between sports and art is the latest cultural hub to land on H Street in Northeast.

The Future of Sports debuted Friday, Oct. 6, hoping to bring a new experience to the District with interactive museum-like spaces featuring soccer, basketball, football, track, tennis, boxing, yoga, volleyball and cycling.

Nicole Pinedo, the 28-year-old mastermind behind the two-story exhibition, got the inspiration for the space from her father Mario Pinedo, a member of the Bolivia’s 1994 World Cup soccer team.

“My love for sports started there, on those D.C. soccer fields watching my father,” Pinedo said. “His passion inspired my own — the love for creative expression and art that makes life feel vibrant.”

Nicole, the founder of creative event planning company Made in the District, said she’s been driven to create since her childhood.

Her goal is to build new ways of seeing D.C., its people and its spaces to leverage the dynamic life of the city into something that both energizes and benefits the community.

“We started as a production company producing music videos, then we started applying the same creativity to digital materials, events, and now art installations,” Nicole said. “We thrive on unique experiences and unexpected connections.”

With 10,000 square feet of games, the space includes a hologram basketball court, football arcade room and a volleyball court made of salt.

Guest can sign their name in the coloring locker room and play in a graphic soccer room installation by local artist Matt Corrado.
For $15, visitors have 30 minutes to explore the installation, with bar service and happy hour starting at 5 p.m.

“The Future of Sports” will continue through Thursday, Nov. 30.

Leading a team of all women unified in their commitment to immersive art experiences, Pinedo said she challenges them to help bring to life her vision of a world of sport that is so striking as to blur the line between athletics and art.

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s...

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