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.


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


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


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 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 experience 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.


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.


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.