How Rube!

Weber Thompson Parking Day

Once again Weber Thompson commandeered the parking spots across from our building and created a park-like oasis with an attraction that drew the crowds. For our third year participating in the nationwide event, Park(ing) Day, our eager, dedicated team ran with the concurrent Seattle Design Festival theme, ‘Design in Motion,’ creating an interactive Rube Goldberg machine that dispensed a prize to each lucky player.

Entitled ‘Why you Gotta be so Rube?’ the contraption incorporated cardboard tubes, presentation easels, material samples and furniture and carpets donated by The Mohawk Group, Bennett Associates Inc., Resource 3 Northwest, and Workpointe. Starting with the pop of a Jack in the box, a ball was launched through a series of tubes, knocking a 3Form sample off balance, releasing another ball, activating a domino chain, knocking over a weighted bucket, triggering a pulley which released a Luchador bottle opener down a zipline that tipped a blazing orange pencil down a tube where it was delivered to willing participants.

The installation drew large crowds of neighborhood workers, and was especially flooded at lunch time by Amazon and Group Health employees wrangling for their own pencil delivery.

Design in Public, a local supporter of Park(ing) Day, selected Weber Thompson as the recipient of the ‘Most Unique’ Park(ing) Day installation award. We couldn’t be happier, and are currently planning next year. Hot air balloon rides anyone?

For a full list of winners, visit the Design in Public website.

More images, and a video of the Rube in action, visit our Facebook page.

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