The museum collaborated with Brooklyn-based design studio Snarkitecture to build its largest-ever public installation.
Ever since it opened its doors in July, the Beach has been drawing hordes of people to dive into this one-of-a-kind interactive architectural marvel.
Hundreds of photos have already flooded Twitter on #TheBeachDC:
Below are some of the highlights from a video explaining how the Beach came into being. The video is part of the Creators Project, a series of videos showing the creative process behind works of art.
Snarkitecture designers imagined turning the museum’s atrium into a ball pit.
The Beach came into being after nearly 160 funders donated more than $US12,000 in a crowdsourcing campaign on Indiegogo.
The idea was to make one big statement within a space and let it speak for itself. The result: a no-frills massive ball pit bathed in white.
The structure was so massive that the head carpenter said he was “apprehensive” in the beginning: 1,500 boxes full of balls were waiting to be emptied.
They finally put together a 5,000-square-foot “shoreline” dotted with beach chairs and umbrellas — all facing an empty floor that would be filled with balls.
The Snarkitecture team wanted to use a material that you wouldn’t expect in an architectural context. Plastic balls turned out to be a perfect fit — and really pulled in the crowds.
Watch the video in which Snarkitecture founders Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen explain how they turned the museum’s Great Hall into a monochromatic beach experience.
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