Hive Opens at the National Building Museum July 6
By Radhika Hira
In the latest installment of Summer Block Party, the museum (401 F Street NW) offers the Hive installation, designed by Studio Gang. Hive is a group of three domed structures made up of over 2,700 lightweight and recyclable interlocking paper tubes of various sizes that affect the way you perceive light and sound. The largest dome, reaching nearly 60 feet high, will feature an oculus, or circular window, at the top. The oculus and paper tubes, which are a reflective sliver on the outside and shocking magenta on the inside, will bend light waves. The dome shape and hollowness of the tubes will change how sound waves travel to create an interesting visual and acoustic guest experience.
The smaller hives will house special chambers with instruments such as drums and chimes for guests to interact with the acoustical properties of the tubes. Guest can play with the instruments' tones and reverberations. The large dome will allow guests to interact with the natural light and shadows.
Hive will also feature special programming including talks, Hill Country Backyard Barbecue outside on the West Lawn, concerts and performances. D.C. residents are invited to visit the Hive on their specific Ward Days, when admission is free. ID is required for proof of residence.
For a full schedule of events and dates view the museum's online calendar.
You can experience Hive from July 6-September 4 at the National Building Museum from 10am-5pm Monday through Friday and from 11am-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are required for entry. The cost is free for National Building Museum members. For the public, the cost is: $16.00 for adults, $13.00 for students with ID, children and seniors, and $5 for Blue Star ages 3 and up with Milirary ID (limit 6 per family).
The National Building Museum, formally known as the Pension Building, was built as a memorial to Union soldiers and served as the first Federal veterans agency on a national scale. It was designed by Army Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs in 1881 and completed in 1887. An act of Congress in 1980 converted the Pension Building to the educational museum we know today to acknowledge its history, marvelous engineering and architecture. Since its restoration and inauguration in 1985, the National Building Museum has presented over 200 exhibitions.