#NYSTRONG has become a signature word since the pandemic. Though the word is short, it plays a powerful role in encouraging people to embrace the brighter future, a future that human beings will be the winners in this silent battle with the virus. Meanwhile, many local businesses have found the way to show their support. The Hot Pot Lab, a food and art interactive pop-up debuted at the end of last month in NYC, has brought New Yorkers freshness and happiness. More importantly, staffs at the exhibition take cautious measures to ensure visitors are safe and these cheerful moments can last longer.
The exhibition is designed for visitors to explore and interact with artistic renditions of hot pot ingredients. For instance, visitors will encounter Lotus Root while going through the journey. Imitating the shape of the lotus root, visitors are seemingly small compared to this giant installation and it gives visitors a closer look at the structure of this unique hot pot ingredient. With two lotus roots overlapping with each other, visitors can play hide and seek with their friends in a group photo. Another interesting installation would be the Fish Ball. The flashing light inside of the spherical matrix simulates the bouncy fish balls popping inside of visitors’ mouths. The exhibit creates a wonderland of food for visitors and offers them an opportunity to learn the beauty of hot pot culture. The pop-up has over 15 interactive installations spanning +3,500 sqft across 2 levels of 57 bonds. The main concept of this exhibition is combining the popular social dining style of hot pot and the concept of the NYC Melting Pot, where different cultures and ethnicities melt together in harmony.
The opening hours of the exhibit are Monday through Friday 10:00AM to 8:00PM and Saturday through Sunday 10:00AM to 9:00PM. The Hot Pot Lab adheres strictly to New York’s reopening guidance and visitors will be required to wear an acceptable face covering when entering the exhibition. All spaces will be deeply cleaned before and after the whole-day opening via using CDC recommended cleaning solutions. The exhibit is sponsored by the fashion brand Metersbonwe and announces all ticket sales will include a $1 donation to Food Bank For New York City to support those in need and help New York become stronger.