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Elizabeth Turk’s illuminating social sculpture will light up a beach with 1,000 glowing umbrellas

During several small-scale tests, Turk and Siapin observed how people engaged with the umbrellas. “With children, you give them the umbrella, and they’re happy and they’re running around dancing,” Siapin says. “With people in their late 20s to mid-40s, they open the umbrella and kind of look around, like, ‘Who is looking at me?’ They have this strange, awkward moment, and after about 10 minutes, you see them dancing. And then you’ll have the next demographic, and they want to follow rules. They’re very respectful of the umbrella.”