PHYLLIS ODESSEY

observers into performers

copyright Peter Mauss

copyright Peter Mauss

I asked a friend, who attended the press opening of the Dan Graham piece on the roof the Metropolitan Museum, what he thought of it. “It’s a 21st century photo-booth.  People can’t help seeing themselves in it and through it.   The sculpture/garden is a snapshot paradise. ”  I haven’t seen the Dan Graham/Gunther Vogt  commission, called “Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walk-about” yet. I am waiting for the rain to stop.
As an alternative, I interviewed my friend.  “The roof is covered in “forever lawn,” a synthetic alternative to the real deal.  The pavilion rests on a limestone base.  Two rows of stainless steel posts and tension wire provide an armature for ivy.

Ivy Wall designed by Guther Vogt

Ivy Wall designed by
Guther Vogt Photo Copyright Peter Mauss

Photo copyright Peter Mauss

Photo copyright Peter Mauss


Bisecting the space, between two parallel six foot hedge rows, is a curving wall of high tech glass.  The glass is convex on one side and concave on the other.  The convex side is a mirror and the concave side is transparent.

Photo Copyright Peter Mauss

Photo Copyright Peter Mauss

The combination provides almost infinite variations in reflection and transparency.

Photo copyright Peter Mauss

Photo copyright Peter Mauss

copyright Peter Mauss

copyright Peter Mauss

There is a funhouse effect on the mirrored convex side.

Photo copyright Peter Mauss

Photo copyright Peter Mauss

Photo copyright Peter Mauss

Photo copyright Peter Mauss

The concave side frames the cityscape.

Photo copyright Peter Mauss

Photo copyright Peter Mauss

PO:  Did you like it?
“It’s very engaging…very seductive.  Full of visual surprises.”

Photo copyright Peter Mauss

Photo copyright Peter Mauss

Recently, a reader of my blog said, “Phyllis, you’ve got to get back to horticulture.”  I KNOW (in life and art).

The Roof Garden Commission
Dan Graham with Gunther Vogt
April 29 – November 2, 2014
Metropolitan Museum of Art Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden

All photos copyright Peter Mauss.  Please ask permission before using.  Thank You.

Photo copyright Peter Mauss

Photo copyright Peter Mauss

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