Swim in the Ocean of 1 Million Plastic Balls


Swim in the white ocean or just dangle your feet in the bubbling plastic waters, relax on the beach by reading or enjoying a beverage at the snack bar. “The Beach” is an interactive architectural installation designed by an experimental design firm named Snarkitecture for the National Building Museum.

The 10,000-square-foot space of the museum’s Great Hall is filled with about one million recyclable translucent polyethylene balls and a carpeted beach-like setting that’s complete with neutral-colored umbrellas and seating.

The installation culminates in a mirrored wall that creates the illusion of a seemingly infinite sea.

If you’re local to Washington, DC, or travel there, you can dive into a truly bizarre experience until September 7, 2015.

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plastic beach 2015 museum installation




Photography by Lauren Joseph
Snarkitecture: Website
National Building Museum: Website