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.
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.
The combination provides almost infinite variations in reflection and transparency.
There is a funhouse effect on the mirrored convex side.
The concave side frames the cityscape.
PO: Did you like it?
“It’s very engaging…very seductive. Full of visual surprises.”
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
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