Visitors to the National Building Museum will be able to see the Great Hall’s grand columns from a new angle starting tomorrow: from the perch of a scaffolding tower erected as part of “Lawn,” the museum’s latest “Summer Block Party” exhibit. A sloping, grassy patch has also been unfurled across the floor of the room, giving visitors a reprieve from the summer heat.
The museum is partnering with New York-based design firm Rockwell Group on the exhibit. Hammocks have been suspended from the 100-foot ceiling and are equipped with speakers programed to play audio stories related by more than a dozen celebrities and cultural figures.
Here are a few samples of the recorded stories told by notable people featured in the exhibit:
Venus Williams, tennis champion: “I was playing on the lawns of Wimbledon. This tournament was very special to me because not only was it my first Grand Slam title, but I was playing against an amazing player of the highest caliber, a top-ranked player named Lindsay Davenport.”
David Rockwell, founder of Rockwell Group: “As a kid growing up in New Jersey on the Jersey Shore, we actually had a very large lawn that blended into the street, and it was a kind of magical space for me and my brothers to constantly transform.”
Bette Midler, award-winning actress: “A patch of green, a lawn, in the midst of an urban environment is one of the most enchanting things on which you can lay your eyes.”