After stints in Washington D.C. and Tampa, The Beach — an interactive event made up of more than 1.1 million white recyclable polyethylene balls — has reached Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Sydney Festival attendees will be able to swim at The Beach for just 15 Australian dollars (~$11) until Jan. 29.
The project comes from New York-based art collective Snarkitecture, whose partner Ben Porto suggests you “Jump in, swim around or just lie on top for that contemplative floating on water feeling. The balls are like water in that they hold you but also it’s hard to walk through quickly. We say be crazy in it.”
Snarkitecture decided to bring The Beach to Australia after immense success at its first two locations (more than 160,000 people came to the D.C. pop-up). That said, bringing the balls down under was a “mammoth exercise,” SMH reports. They had to be shipped to Sydney in about 1,500 cardboard boxes. Now they rest in a 200-foot basin that emulates a beach, with sloping entrances and varying depths (though it only gets about 3 feet at its deepest).
Sydney attendance numbers haven’t been released yet, but Porto told the paper he’s seen all sorts of things happen in the pit: “We’ve had people proposing in there and, one time, there was a flash wedding. They suddenly turned up and had this quick ceremony in the balls.” He notes other proposal attempts haven’t gone as well — an engagement ring got lost among the balls in D.C. Phones are lost constantly as well, as is loose change.
Therefore, Snarkitecture suggests you empty your pockets before jumping in. Otherwise, the only rule is that there is no eating or drinking at The Beach. It’s also recommended your shoes come off before swimming. The lax rules haven’t prevented anyone from having a … ball.
No word yet on where the next Beach will be, so live vicariously, be nostalgic, etc., until then.