Hive, the National Building Museum‘s latest exhibit, is on display now through September 4.
Designed by Studio Gang, Hive is a series of over 2,700 paper tubes stacked to form three massive, beehive-like structures. The tallest of these structures tops out at 60′ high and features a 10′ oculus. The tubes themselves offer an interesting visual perspective, as their exterior is highly reflective silver and the interior a bright magenta. The colors are dramatically juxtaposed with the historic interior and colossal Corinthian columns of the National Building Museum.
This dynamic installation allows the audience to experience variations in “sound, light, scale and human interaction.” Within the smaller hive structures are suspended bells and chimes. Hive’s acoustical properties affect the tone, reverberation, and reflection of the sound of each of the instruments. Hive’s oculus filters the natural light of the museum’s Great Hall, creating elaborate lighting and shadow effects in the museum.
Tickets are $16.00 for adults, $13.00 for youth/student with ID/senior, and available in advance.