Ages ago, at the very beginning of February, I went down to the Navy Pier with my friend Ingrid, to visit The Beach, the traveling interactive art installation by Snarkitecture. I decided to take the opportunity to live out my Esther Williams fantasies and arrive in a one-piece.
…As you can see, Ingrid (Who performs and models under the name Secret Mermaid) brought the most on-brand look possible.
The Beach was… an interesting experience. We went on a weekday, but learned when we got there that it was an administrative day for CPS, so there were TONS of kids there, which I don’t think either of us expected. As you can imagine, putting a million children in a giant ball pit with a mermaid garnered some… significant attention. But that was fun! I got to act as photographer for a lot of really excited kids and parents. And the above photo was actually taken by one of The Beach “lifeguards”, who we definitely thought was coming to admonish us at first.
The Beach has moved on from Chicago’s Navy Pier and currently resides in Detroit until April 14th, so if you’re in my hometown and looking for a nontraditional way to spend an afternoon, or a fun activity for your kiddos, I’d recommend checking it out.
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P.S. Photos of me a la Esther Williams are (C) Ingrid Burton/Secret Mermaid. Photos of me and Merm together are (C) that random lifeguard. All other photos (C) Megan Gallagher/Raven Gemini/Me.