Every summer, the National Building Museum gives over its atrium to a large, interactive, stunt-y exhibit. In 2012 and 2013, it was mini-golf. Last year brought a maze designed by the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. This year’s, though, has all of them beat.
“The Beach” brings museum visitors a wading pool filled with 1 million translucent polyethelene balls and a carpeted deck inside a 10,000-square-foot enclosure parked in on the museum’s main floor. No swimsuits are needed—in fact, museum patrons can and should stay fully clothed—but this “Beach” might be the next-best thing after packing up the car, suffering through Bay Bridge traffic, and fighting for a spot to lay down a blanket on some Eastern Shore coastline.
The exhibit is the work of Snarkitecture, an experimental design firm behind other outlandish projects like “Lift,” a performance-art piece at the New Musuem in New York, and some of the public art installations at Marlins Park in Miami.