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Inside Snark Park's first exhibit at Hudson Yards, 'Lost and Found'

While the shiny shops at Hudson Yards are intended to help you find what you want, one space will help you get lost.

"Lost and Found," the first show at Snark Park, the new exhibition space of New York-based design studio Snarkitecture's inside Hudson Yards' Shops & Restaurants, has opened and it's both a hideaway and a place of discovery.

After walking past Snarkitecture's giant claw machine and through a velvet curtain, visitors will come upon 75 white columns of varying heights in what looks like a forest and ruins. Twenty-six of them are outfitted with surprises — some can be sat in, walked into and peered through. All of them can be touched and should be because many of them are furnished with ping-pong balls, faux fur, beads, mirrors and more.

Snark Park is Snarkitecture's first permanent exhibition space and is a "playground" that was originally meant to showcase previously created short term projects it creates for clients, but the idea morphed into becoming an incubator-like place for the firm, according to Snarkitecture partner Alex Mustonen.

Every year will see a rotation of two or three installations made by its designers specifically for it. Each one could incorporate other artists' work in the future and could potentially play off The Vessel, the climbable sculpture, which sits right outside the space's windows, Mustonen said.

Snarkitecture has also partnered with KITH Treats, which will have a full menu of ice creams in its lobby, as well as a gift shop that sells souvenir-like things like keychains, pins and snow globes. 

Below, find what lies in wait for you at Snark Park.

A rising plane of totems

Like a ruin you can play in, the
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Like a ruin you can play in, the labyrinth of massive, inhabitable columns are arranged into a rising field that gets more forest-like the deeper you go in.

The "strange" and "deconstructed" columns seemingly come out of nowhere, Mustonen said.

A wide view of The Vessel

The space is lit only with natural light,
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

The space is lit only with natural light, which comes through a floor-to-ceiling window. Right outside is The Vessel, which has 2,500 individual steps, 80 landings and 154 interconnecting flights of stairs that together create a mile-long vertical pathway within the public gardens. The view alone is cause enough to stop in your tracks.

A tactile experience

While there is no takeaway that Snarkitecture wants
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

While there is no takeaway that Snarkitecture wants people to have inside "Lost and Found," it does challenge visitors to engage their surroundings with fresh perspectives. Some of the columns can be climbed into and are lined with faux fur.

A strange experience

"There's a little bit of unease when you
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

"There's a little bit of unease when you get in there," Mustonen said about the inhabitable columns. "You explore, wander, get lost and there are different modes of interactions. You can talk to people through them."

Surprises

Some of the columns have surprises when you
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Some of the columns have surprises when you walk around them, including one that is decorated like a disco ball. There's also a secret room with a two-way mirror.

Instagrammable shots

Other totems will make you take out your
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Hudson Yard's Snark Park's first exhibition "Lost and Found," resembles a modern-day enchanted forest featuring a labyrinth of massive, inhabitable columns that will challenge visitors to engage with their surroundings with fresh perspectives according to the public relations company, Manhattan, Mar. 12, 2019.

An experience that changes

Because the installation is naturally lit with the
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Because the installation is naturally lit with the window, the experience of "Lost & Found" can be different depending on the time of day you are there, according to Mustonen. The music changes, too. Snarkitecture worked with record label Ghostly International to create a soundscape just for the exhibit. The good news is, you can stay for however long you want.

Tickets are $28 per person and $22 for children 12 and younger and can be reserved online at snarkpark.com.

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