The latest DC buzz: 'Hive'

The National Building Museum's 2017 summer exhibit is made of 2700 paper tubes. Video by: Elizabeth Jia, WUSA9

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - It's the latest buzz in town and it just so happens to be called the "Hive."

Less than two months after seeing thousands flood timelines and news feeds with Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors 12 weeks straight -- the Hive could be the latest social media art obsession. 

The new interactive installation, designed by Studio Gang an architecture and urban design practice based in Chicago and New York, is at the National Building Museum and will remain open to the public until September 4. Hive is the latest structure in the museum's imaginative Summer Block Party series.  

"Number one, [Studio Gang does] beautiful work which is one of the reasons why we chose them," said Cathy Frankel, VP for Exhibitions and Collections at the National Building Museum. She also explained the designer is known for creating spaces that promote social interaction. 

The more than 2,700 wound paper tubes will swoon you with the pop of reflective silver exterior and vivid magenta interior towering in the Great Hall. 


“Through their use of space and materials, Studio Gang pushes the limits of our summer series to new heights, literally and figuratively,” said Chase W. Rynd, Hon. ASLA, executive director of the National Building Museum.

“They have ingeniously coopted a commonplace material—the paper tube—into the ultimate building block, capable of reaching dazzling heights and affecting the sound, light, and scale of our surrounding building.”

Visitors will get the chance to see how a structure can "modify and reflect sound, light, scale and human interaction."

 

Ticket prices for Hive and all other current National Building Museum exhibitions are as following: 

  • FREE: National Building Museum Members
  • $16: Adult
  • $13: Youth/Student with ID/Senior
  • $10: Blue Star Military Adult

Admission is first come, first served. There is no timed entry for the exhibit. 

To find out more about Hive visit: http://bit.ly/2stVLjs

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