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Dont miss this - a giant ball pool is open in Paris until this Saturday

An interactive art installation, which features a giant ball pit with over 300,000 plastic balls, is open to the public at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, France until Saturday 25 March. The work, entitled The Beach, has been designed by Brooklyn collaborative group Snarkitecture.

This will be the first time that the installation has appeared in Europe, having already featured at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., the Sydney Festival in Australia and Tampa’s Amalie Arena. Speaking about the installation, the exhibition organisers said, ‘The Beach welcomes visitors of all ages to explore, play and relax in an immersive and extraordinary setting.’ Admission is entirely free with the work on display from 11 am-6 pm daily.

According to The Museum of Decorative Arts, the work takes its cures from a day at the beach. ‘The installation reimagines both the natural and cultural elements of the beach to create an unexpected and memorable experience,’ the website reads.

Snarkitecture are known for their pieces which often blur the lines between art and architecture. Their previous works have included Drift, which had huge inflatable cylindrical tubes hanging forming an entrance pavilion at Design Miami, and Marble Run, a huge version of the children’s game where black marbles where places in a series of ten-foot-high white tubes.

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Other major art exhibitions on in Paris at the moment include a Johannes Vermeer exhibition at Musée du Louvre ; a vast collection of Auguste Rodin’s works at the Grand Palais  to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death; the Musée du Quai Branly’s Picasso display, which looks at the Cubist master’s fascination with art from Africa, the Pacific and the Americas; and the Pompidou Centre’s retrospective of David Hockney’s work.

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