Look, Ma, I am swimming ….
I could hear gales of laughter before I see the art installation itself .. people were having a ball of a time, swimming in the sea of semi-transparent plastic balls at Ground Floor, Central Embassy!
And of course, people were taking photographs and selfies as though there were no tomorrow … *chuckle*
From Washington D.C., Melbourne, Paris, and now in Bangkok, “The Beach” is an interactive art installation by New York-based design studio ‘Snarkitecture’ for the first time in Asia. Hurry over if you are in Bangkok: the Bangkok’s installation will take place from 18 May-18 June 2017, before it moves on to somewhere Europe.
So, how many balls altogether? Reported in Time Out here, “When The Beach was first introduced, it comprised 1,000,000 balls. But because of the smaller space in Bangkok, the installation features only about 300,000 balls.”
Snarkitecture, or Snail Architecture’s work focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials, structures and programs to new and imaginative effect. With a conceptual approach centered on the importance of experience, the studio creates unexpected and memorable moments that invite people to explore and engage with their surroundings. By transforming the familiar into the extraordinary, Snarkitecture makes architecture perform the unexpected. With The Beach, they did exactly that!
Here are The Beach rules:
- No diving
- No pushing
- No food
- No shoes
- Clean your hands with sanitising gel before entering
- Children under 14 to be accompanied by an adult at all times
- For hygiene reasons, all beach goers are required to wear new socks (50 baht)
As a courtesy to other players, no longer than 20 minutes inside the ball pit, please.
Psst … Do clear your pockets before entering the pit, or you gotta wait till the exhibition ends on 18 June.
Have lots, and lots of fun!
The Beach Installation at Central Embassy
1031 Ploenchit Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Nearest BTS: Phloen Chit, Exit 5
When: 18 May-18 June, 2017, from 10AM-10PM (last admission 9PM)
Admission: Free (but purchase of a new pair of socks 50 baht is required)