The beach is my happy place. It always has been. Growing up in Hawaii, I was never that far from the ocean. I remember taking a creative writing class in high school where we had to write in our "ʻĀina journal." That is, we had to go outside and be in nature, connecting with the land (ʻĀina), and write about that experience. It was one of my favorite assignments I've ever had. I would sit on the top of the wall in our backyard in Waialua, listening and watching the waves crash on the sand below. It would soothe me.
While there might not be any salt water or sand at "The BEACH DC" installation by Snarkitecture at the National Building Museum, it is a new happy place for me. Perhaps some of that has to do with the fact that I can jump in and "swim" around in a massive, monochromatic ball pit in the midst of a beautiful building. Whatever the case, I am happy to have such an interesting, immersive experience available here in Washington, DC!
For more information about The BEACH DC, click here. The installation is up until September 7, 2015. Plenty of time for you to JUMP IN! :)