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NBC Washington: Old Metrorail Car Gets Second Life as Shopping Destination

A new project near the Grosvenor Metro station brings an old rail car front and center

By Adam Tuss

Sliced up and broken apart, an old 4000 series Metro railcar is now home to pop-up retail shops at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station.

And those local shops are selling juices, empenadas, jewelry, flowers and food. It's part of a pilot program as Metro continues to decommission its 4000-series rail cars.

New York artist Robert Mojo transformed the 80,000-pound Metrorail car into benches, retail space and industrial art. He did the work with developer with Fivesquares Development.

The shell of the car was used for the kiosks, the iconic seats and benches were turned into outdoor seating and the scrap metal left behind will become art installations.

The team uses everything they can, the goal being to reuse and recycle as much as possible.

"It's art; it's sculpture; it's entertaining the public; it's recycling; it's bringing back history," Mojo said. "When you walk into one of these cars, you just get a feeling of going back in time."

Mojo said the most challenging thing about the project was how the cars are built. "Going through all of this heavy metal, it's not the easiest task," he said.

The pop-up shops will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights for the next six weeks.

Published at 7:10 PM EDT on May 17, 2017 | Updated at 7:11 PM EDT on May 17, 2017

Source: Old Metrorail Car Gets Second Life as Shopping Destination | NBC4


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