Beach Party! is a reinterpretation of MoMA PS1’s courtyard as a public beach, bringing the ocean’s edge to the center of the city, for all to enjoy.


Beach Party! brings the four most familiar elements of the beach to the museum's courtyard: sand, water, swings, and a bouncy ball. Sand is borrowed from five of New York’s beaches facing erosion from high tides.


Over the course of the summer, the strips will mix and merge as visitors frolic in the sand, their communal play erasing divisions and creating an ever-changing sandscape.


The beach at the center of the city offers a space of respite and reflection: a constructed beachscape of natural materials makes us consider the importance of maintaining our beaches at the periphery.


At the opening of Beach Party, sand from Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Fire Island, Jamaica Bay, and Westhampton will form a striped groundscape, each distinguished by colors and textures unique to their original beaches.


Three beams float above the Beach, their shadows suggesting three ‘zones’ below while leaving the Beach a single, unfettered space. An oversized Beach Ball sits in one zone, the Looped Pool in another, and an area for large scale performances.


The two longer beams carry between them Hammocks - a nod towards ubiquitous beachfront construction fencing.


Suspended above these sands, two 160 foot long beams span the length of the full length of the courtyard to the museum’s podium, allowing museum-goers a temporary space for relaxation before and after their visit.


An oversized Beach Ball bounces between the overhead beams and creates an interactive object for visitors.


The beams are raised to a height of 7'6", leaving the Beach below a single, unfettered space.


The only element that sits on the ground is the Looped Pool cast from sand aggregates from New York's beaches, offering a 6” wading pool to cool off and experiences the delight of water under the sun.


As New York braces against rising tides, Beach Party is a timely, if ephemeral, reminder that we should never take one of its most precious public spaces for granted.