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Capitol Theater

Client: Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Location: Washington, DC, DC, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $500,000

Project Team

Co Lead Artist

Bree Hylkema

Obsolete Pictures

collaborative design and fabrication

Five Ton Crane collective



A Smithsonian-commissioned mobile and interactive art experience, Capitol Theater is an Art Deco movie theater on wheels. This driving movie palace is a marvelously detailed homage to the world of silent film, featuring black and white reels specifically created for the venue by Obsolete Pictures. Capitol Theater was built from ground up, including the creation of a custom base vehicle including chassis, support, and framing. On the topside, the theater is fully immersive, complete with a convertible driver’s cab/ticket booth, a concession stand featuring custom candy, and inviting velveteen seats.

Commissioned by the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; exhibited at the Renwick Gallery, 2018-2019; Cincinnati Art Museum, 2019; Oakland Museum of California, 2019-2020.


Commissioned for the Renwick Gallery’s “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” exhibit, this piece demonstrates the distinctive aesthetic, monumental scale, and attention to detail that are trademarks of the work of Sean Orlando and the Five Ton Crane artist collective.