If beautiful beaches, stunning rain forests, exciting cities, and a really cool accent aren’t enough of a reason for you to put Australia on your ‘must see’ list, this 200-foot ball pit filled with over one million plastic balls should help get you on a plane.
Called ‘The Beach,’ Australia is the latest destination for the traveling ball pit, which has previously delighted people of all ages in Florida and D.C. It’s currently in Australia as part of the Sydney Festival, an annual arts and culture fest, and is keeping fans entertained both IRL and on social media.
For those of you who don’t know, The Beach was created by Snarkitecture, a New York-based architecture and arts group.
“What we’re interested in is looking at existing architecture… and reimagining them to create new and unexpected moments,” said Alex Mustonen, one of the group’s founders.
Oh My God…Is That A Shark?!? A shark fin is sighted behind a lone swimmer at ‘The Beach’ installation located at the Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve in Sydney. The monochromatic installation was created by Snarkitecture as part of the Sydney Festival & is made up of 1.1 million recyclable polyethylene balls that create an ocean [free of sharks?!?] gently lapping against a 60 metre wide shoreline free of sand. Snarkitecture – getting its name from Lewis Carroll’s “The Hunting of The Snark” – is a New York-based collaborative practice that focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials, structures & programs to new & imaginative effect. By transforming the familiar into the extraordinary, Snarkitecture makes architecture perform the unexpected. © ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ ▫ @snarkitecture #TheBeach #Snarkitecture
Snarkitecture also ensures that having fun in a giant pit of balls doesn’t come at the expense of the environment or anyone’s health. The balls that fill the basin are made from materials that are not only recyclable, but also antimicrobial.
The Beach requests that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult, and that people remove their shoes and empty their pockets to avoid losing personal items in the 200-foot pit.
It’ll be open to the public until the end of the Sydney Festival, which runs from January 7 – 29.
So if you’re taking a trip to Australia any time soon, you may want to put this on your must-do list. And if you’re stuck on the other side of the globe like the rest of us, who knows… maybe Canada will be the next spot for Snarkitecture’s massive ball pit.
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