Relax on the "Lawn" this summer, rain or shine.
The National Building Museum has announced plans for its popular summer installation for 2019. Past exhibitions included a wooden maze, a giant iceberg, and an indoor beach complete with ball pit ocean. This year, the museum collaborated with the LAB at Rockwell Group to create Lawn, a relaxing indoor green space. Lawn, presented by AARP, will be open daily from July 4 through September 2, 2019.
The giant indoor lawn will be built on scaffolding and covered with SynLawn, a synthetic grass made from sustainably grown sugarcane and connected with a soybean-based backing system. The “grass” is 100-percent recyclable and will be repurposed after the exhibition ends. The outdoor backyard will also feature cloud murals, outdoor living rooms, and interactive features throughout. A custom augmented reality software will allow guests to chase fireflies around the exhibit, and hidden speakers will play passages from American storytellers.
Rendering of Lawn at the National Building Museum, courtesy Rockwell Group
“The lawn is a fascinating example of a typology that straddles the line between public and private space,” said David Rockwell, founder and president of Rockwell Group. “Whether it is a backyard or a public green, lawns bring people together and foster a sense of community, so our goal was to create an indoor lawn that would inspire people to share stories, make memories, and daydream, while honoring the great tradition of summertime.”
Lawn will also have a lineup of events during the summer that includes yoga, movie nights, and more. Tickets to Lawn are separate and not included with regular admission to the National Building Museum. Lawn admission will also include admission to the museum’s other latest exhibitions, HOOPS and Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters. Tickets for Lawn are $16 for adults; $13 for kids, students, and seniors; and $10 for members of the military.
For more information, visit the exhibit's page on the National Building Museum's website.
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