Gemma @ 'Snark Park: Lost and Found' - creepy, but comfortable
What's it about?
Snark Park is a permanent venue located inside Hudson Yards. Lost and Found is its first-ever art installation, described as “a monochromatic maze for visitors to get lost and find hidden worlds within.” It is also “a custom Design Environment” that’s “meant to be explored and touched.” Oh yeah, and photography and videography are both very much encouraged.
Snark Park is located on the second level of an incredibly elitist mall. As far as my eyes could see, there were stores like Fendi and Rolex. You name it, I couldn’t afford it.
But then I stumbled upon a giant, multicolored wall made entirely of sequins. It reminded me of those pillows that look like normal pillows until you run your hand over them and suddenly Dwight’s face appears. I spent a good amount of time struggling to spell out SEEN in the sequins. Let me tell you kids, it was a lot harder than it looked. It took me three tries to get the hang of it, but it was all worth it when I saw my finished product.
As I waited in line for entry to Lost and Found, the staff members were walking around dressed in white jumpsuits that made me think of the Dharma Initiative from Lost.
I was expecting ball pits because when I googled Snark Park I saw all these pictures of people relaxing in giant white ball pits. Those photos were what made me want to experience Lost and Found in the first place.
But what I got instead were (spoilers!!!):
Well, they looked like ghosts, but were actually little stuffed octopi or squids with adorable little smiley faces on them. They were surrounded by mirrors, and were located under giant claws like the ones from those arcade games you can NEVER win.
They were everywhere! White cylinders dotted the entire space. Some you could sit inside, others were just meant to be observed. They contained a multitude of different materials and textures, and some even functioned as spinning chairs!
In between the cylinders were various black-and-white board game sets: Chinese checkers, backgammon and other games. I saw one couple kneel down and start to play backgammon.
There were white streamers hanging from the ceiling. They looked like toilet paper, but were actually made of fabric.
A SECRET ROOM!
At the end of the maze was a set of two-way mirrors. On one side I could just see myself, but when I went behind the curtains to the other side of the mirror, I entered a secret room where I could watch everyone else. There were even red beanbag chairs so I could do my people-watching while reclining.
Creepy, but comfortable.
At the end of it all, I couldn’t shake the feeling that there should have been more to the experience. It couldn’t just be a bunch of cylinders, board games and streamers masking a not-so-secret secret room, right? But it was—and there wasn’t a ball pit in sight. And so, I left the mall determined to get more from my day. I decided to climb the Vessel. You know, that elevated, futuristic-looking parking garage? Well, I came, I saw, I conquered. And in the rain, too!