A new art exhibit has been setup inside the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida – its called The Beach. 15,000 square feet of the arena floor has been transformed with white walls, mirrored walls, and white floor. And filling this area is 1.2 million small white balls. The back of the area is setup with beach chairs and white umbrellas, and a white Tiki Hut for concessions. The floor slopes out to a center that is raised, but the area on three sides of it drop away where the balls become the “water”. The kids (adults too) were “swimming” in the white balls, playing with inflatable rings and sharks, laughing and having a grand time. Your visit to the beach is supposed to be about 45 minutes, and they limit the number of people in there for safety reasons. There are lockers for you to put your personal belongings as if you drop something in the “water” it will be days before it is found.
It was brought to Tampa by Penny and Jeff Vinik. The Beach was created by Snarkitecture, a New York-based architecture and design studio. After a lot of logistics, the Viniks were able to bring it to Tampa and share it with the Bay Area. Their goal is for people to enjoy the experience, see art in a different way, and have fun.
“Art has many definitions. Art can also be an immersive experience. [I am] so excited about doing this,” Jeff said. “Display a different definition of art, free for everyone in the community.”
Before you start thinking about the germs, Snarkitecture said not to worry. The plastic balls are protected with GermBLOCK, which, the makers say, protects people from 50 different kinds of bacteria.
It will be here from August 5 – 25th. And its FREE. You need to go online to get your tickets, and they will provide you with a free ice cream while you wait to go in and a parking validation for the nearby garage. So what is not to like? It is truly for all ages.
Here is the website – go – you will have fun.