Exploring ZeroSpace, an Immersive Digital Art Experience in Midtown
New York City is known for its arts and culture offerings for people of all ages, but those of us who live here are always looking for something new. The perfect place to spend a wintry day, ZeroSpace is a 25,000 square-foot immersive art playground of interactive, large-scale installations. Located near Macy's Herald Square and open through the end of 2019, ZeroSpace includes the largest augmented reality sandbox in the world, plus two comfy, dark rooms replete with bean bags to gaze at a digital light show, interactive mirrors, and a lot more.
Read on for a peek inside the space, and tips for visiting with kids.
Kids will be dazzled by the light displays.
By night, ZeroSpace is an interactive show for older teens and adults, but during the day, it is a hands-on art museum that can be enjoyed by toddlers, kids, and even those on the autism spectrum. I went with a crawling infant, and allowed her to explore at her own baby perspective and pace.
We relaxed in the digital forest for a good while, which was rejuvenating compared to the normal levels of caregiver exertion required by other kid-centric museums and classes.
The immersive exhibit can be mesmerizing and meditative.
We spent the most time in the infinity room of rotating lasers, by Tundra. A canopy of lights drape from the ceiling, programmed with hundreds of laser patterns: I was told we could watch it for over five hours and never see the same pattern twice! It was the perfect low-key environment to rest in, almost like accidental meditation.
The Birth Of The Universe by Hybycozo was our favorite photo-friendly room. Within its stark white walls hangs a 3-foot pendant with inner and outer lights that are synced to music. Interactive Floor by Joshua Davis was also a lot of fun for a mobile little one to observe the way they can impact their environment. It is a 50-foot projection-mapped floor that reacts as you move across it.
NYC kids will appreciate the colorful open space.
An hour or more of time is recommended to fully appreciate ZeroSpace, but one could easily spend more time getting lost in the other-worldly setting.
What to Know Before You Go
Food and drink are not available in the museum, strollers are not allowed due to space restrictions, and there is no changing table available in the unisex bathrooms. So while the space is kid-friendly, it is not designed with family in mind.
The other bad news is the tickets are not cheap: Adults (ages 13 and up) are $35, and children ages 3-12 are $25. Students with a valid university or college ID are $25, and group sales are available for 10 or more people. The museum is open from about noon to 4:30 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but the website advises that additional dates may be added during holidays and school closures, so it is worth checking out!
ZeroSpace is located at 136 West 33rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
Photos by the author