1/13

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.

3/13

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.

4/13

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.

5/13

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.

6/13

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.

7/13

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.

8/13

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

9/13

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.

10/13

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

11/13

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

12/13

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.

13/13

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.

×