On the hottest days of the year, the best new way to cool off is to go to the ICEBERGS exhibit at the National Building Museum. Don’t you feel cooler just looking at this?
There are thirty icebergs, ranging from 16 feet to 56 feet high, in the Great Hall of the museum, surrounded by an eerie blue screen. Here’s the view from up above:
Inside the enclosure, you can climb up stairs to an observation deck in the tallest iceberg:
You can choose to go back down the stairs, or take one of the two slides down:
When it’s time to relax, there are ice-cube beanbags to lounge on, or to drag around into new configurations:
The museum windows let in great light, which can make the icebergs look translucent:
In the late afternoon, the bright light coming through the windows casts reflections through the blue screens:
The exhibit is open late on Wednesday nights, creating great contrasts between the lighting and the ocean:
The exhibit runs through September 5th. It’s free to go in the Great Hall and see the outside of the exhibit, but going into it requires a ticket and fee.
The landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations created this exhibit. This firm has done many major international projects, including being the project lead for New York’s High Line.