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Published: June 14, 2016
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James Corner Field Operations and National Building Museum announce summer installation plans

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum will create a new, one-of-a-kind destination this summer when it unveils ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation will emphasize current themes of landscape representation, geometry, and construction. ICEBERGS will be open to the public July 2–September 5, 2016, part of the Museum’s imaginative Summer Block Party series.

ICEBERGS will feature installation elements in a variety of sizes and built of re-usable construction materials such as scaffolding and polycarbonate paneling, a material commonly used in building greenhouses. A “water line” suspended 20 feet high will bisect the vertical space, allowing panoramic views from high above the ocean surface and down below among the towering bergs. The tallest “bergy bit,” at 56 feet, will reach above the waterline to the third story balcony of the Museum. ICEBERGS will occupy a total area of 12,540 square feet.  

Visitors will be able to ascend a viewing area inside the tallest berg, traverse an undersea bridge, relax among caverns and grottoes on the ocean floor, sample Japanese kakigori shaved-ice snacks provided by Daikaya restaurant, and participate in unique educational programming integrating landscape architecture, design, and the environment.

James Corner Field Operations is an urban design, landscape architecture, and public realm practice based in New York City and known for projects such as New York’s High Line and Santa Monica’s Tongva Park. The firm was commissioned by the National Building Museum to create the temporary summer exhibit following last year’s popular BEACH installation, a playful structure that welcomed over 180,000 visitors during its two month run.

“ICEBERGS invokes the surreal underwater-world of glacial ice fields,” said James Corner, founder and director of James Corner Field Operations. “Such a world is both beautiful and ominous given our current epoch of climate change, ice-melt, and rising seas. The installation creates an ambient field of texture, movement, and interaction, as in an unfolding landscape of multiples, distinct from a static, single object.”

“ICEBERGS symbolizes an extreme counterpoint to the sweltering heat of the Washington, D.C. summer,” said Chase W. Rynd, Hon. ASLA, executive director of the National Building Museum. “We hope that James Corner Field Operations’ striking design will provoke both serious public conversation about the complex relationship between design and landscape, while also eliciting a sense of wonder and play among visitors of all ages.”

Ticket prices for the run of ICEBERGS will be as follows and include admission to all other current Museum exhibitions. Admission is first come, first served (no timed entry). Tickets will be available online for members on June 15; non-members can purchase starting June 22. Group rates are available.

Museum Members & Blue Star Eligible Active Duty Military
$10: Member; Blue Star Adult
$5: Member or Blue Star Youth, Student with ID, Senior
$16: Adult
$13: Youth, Student with ID, Senior

To purchase tickets: Visit the Museum's online calendar, and choose the date of your visit>>
(Members must be logged in to access discounted tickets)

The Museum is also presenting ICEBERGS Late Nights every Wednesday during the run, 6-10 pm (separate ticket required). Late Nights are "all ages" and feature after-hours opportunities to explore the installation and other current exhibitions, participate in optional educational programming, and enjoy food and beverages for sale from featured guest restaurants. Confirmed special guests include restaurants Maketto, The BBQ Joint, DGS, Port City Brewing Company, Union Kitchen, Hank's Oyster Bar, Beefsteak, and 9th Street Hospitality. Confirmed musical guests include White Ford Bronco and Bumper Jacksons. Full dates and details can be found at go.nbm.org/ICEBERGS.

To access photos of ICEBERGS or to schedule a visit, members of the media may contact Brett Rodgers at brodgers@nbm.org, or 202.272.2448. Media must schedule any visits at least 24 hours prior to arrival.

James Corner Field Operations is a leading-edge urban design, landscape architecture and public realm practice based in New York City. The practice is renowned for strong contemporary design across a variety of high-profile project types and scales, from large urban districts and complex post-industrial sites, to small well-crafted, detail design projects. There is a special commitment to the design of a vibrant and dynamic public realm, informed by the interactive ecology between people and nature. Major projects include New York’s High Line; Santa Monica’s Tongva Park; London’s South Park Plaza at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; Chicago’s Navy Pier; Seattle’s Central Waterfront; San Francisco’s Presidio Parklands; Cleveland’s Public Square; and Hong Kong’s Tsim Tsa Tsui Waterfront. www.fieldoperations.net

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