If you enjoy ice cream, other people’s creative selfies, and modern art, there’s a chance that these three themes collided on your social media feed recently a-la the Museum of Ice Cream. The Museum of Ice Cream started in Manhattan as an interactive art exhibit comprised of a brightly colored maze of ice cream and candy themed rooms containing “among other things, a rock-candy cave, a unicorn, and a swimming pool of rainbow sprinkles.”
Numerous celebrities were photographed lounging in that pool full of rainbow sprinkles, including Beyonce, JayZ, and their daughter, Blue Ivy. But it was that pool that almost derailed the Miami incarnation of the popular installation. The imitation sprinkles were found littering sidewalks and streets surrounding the museum. The stormwater drain implications reportedly presented an “environmental hazard,” according the Miami New Times. Additionally, it would seem that the museum was potentially contributing to a larger, ecological problem. When small, colorful plastic pieces litter open water, many seas creatures mistake them for food. The world’s oceans are reported to contain 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic, of which the Museum of Ice Cream could be inadvertently contributing to on a significant local scale.
The museum has since made many considerable changes to accommodate the concerns of locals by changing the location of the pool, installing blowers and vacuums to remove rouge sprinkles as visitors roam the exhibits, and triple layering all drains to catch miscreant sprinkles.