Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Joseph and his cousins loved the BEACH at the National Building Museum last summer, so this year we took them to see the latest installation in the Great Hall, ICEBERGS.

An enclosure of blue mesh represents the underwater world of a glacial ice field, comprised of 30 geometric icebergs made from translucent polycarbonate panels. The water line is 20' high, and some of the icebergs are suspended from the ceiling and appear to float.

Below is one of my favorite "below sea level" pictures, showing the scale of the exhibit compared to Mimi and Leyton.  The largest berg is 56' tall, which has scaffolding and stairs leading up to a double slide as well as a tiny platform that has a panoramic view over the ocean surface.

I should have staged a "king of the world" Titanic moment up there like Leo and Kate, but it didn't occur to me until later.  Looking down, the water is so clear you can see right to the bottom of the ocean ;)  And the tallest tip of an iceberg only reaches up to the 3rd floor balcony!

Selfies are always encouraged.  

ICEBERGS wasn't nearly as fun or interactive as the BEACH was, but it was still super cool - though not literally.  Had they cranked up the AC it would have been a perfect contrast to the sweltering heat of our DC summers.  Can't wait to see what they come up with next year.  I'm hoping it's VOLCANOES!

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