If you go down to the Berkeley Art Museum tomorrow, you’re in for a big surprise. For the museum’s expansive central atrium has been taken over by a huge, bright orange, undulating “thing”. A more grown-up term would be an “installation” but, unlike most artworks, this one is designed to be played with.

The installation, a hybrid of sculpture, furniture and stage located  in Gallery B, is the work of Berkeley architect Thom Faulders and, the museum says, is part of a new vision of the gallery as a space for “interaction, performance, and improvised experiences”.

The museum encourages you to settle in “among its varied lumps and bumps”. So get down there and by all means sit, recline, scramble about and lounge. The installation will be there from tomorrow through Fall 2011.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...