Monday, January 9, 2012

A Panel Discussion


When Phillip Johnson designed the Sculpture Garden at the MOMA, he looked to the Museum's fringe to bring contextual continuity to the commission. In this case, he shunned the Vitruvian Man's inference of scale and culled proportional significance from the fenestration on the Rockefeller brownstone across the street. The effect is awesome. Harnessing the Modernist didactic of using panes to craft building facades, he applied this gesture to the ground using stone slabs scaled after the Rockefeller residence. At once, the occupier of the space is slowed by the stone tartan (to better consume the sculpture) while they are delighted with an engaging carpet true to the integrity of the Modern Movement. Love it.