Style, sustainability and swag: Art exhibit at Tysons Corner mall showcases iconic Air Jordans like you’ve never seen them

It’s a tale of redemption: turning trash into a fashion statement through conservation — and art.

You might know about the iconic Air Jordan sneakers, but you’ve never quite seen them like this.

In today’s episode of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax embraces his inner sneakerhead and travels to Tysons Corner Center in Northern Virginia to try out a local (and nationally-renowned) artist’s upcycled take on the Air Jordan V.

From a cargo ship mishap to an unlikely collaboration between sneaker enthusiasts, beachgoers and scientists, the backstory behind the inspiration for the exhibit is almost as cool as the sneakers themselves.


Check out Matt’s video with artist Andy Yoder, and see what you can expect from the 250+ pairs of Jordans stacked to the ceiling — should you head to the mall for some holiday shopping this season:

“Overboard” will be on display at Tysons Corner Center through mid-January. The exhibit is located on the mall’s lower level near the Barnes & Noble bookstore and Coastal Flats restaurant.

If you’ve got an idea for a feature story Matt should cover, reach out via the WTOP “contact us” page to submit your idea.

You can also contact Matt directly. His contact information is listed below. 

Matt Kaufax

If there's an off-the-beaten-path type of attraction, person, or phenomenon in the DC area that you think more people should know about, Matt is your guy. As the features reporter for WTOP, he's always on the hunt for stories that provide a unique local flavor—a slice of life if you will.

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