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The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Günther Vogt.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden Commission:        Dan Graham with Günther Vogt.

ASOS Africa Lace Swing Dress.

 

Simultaneously transparent and reflective (I can aspire to that). Or, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s description: “part garden maze, part modernist skyscraper façade” (I’m lingering in NYC). As the Met’s new Roof Garden Commission,Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout by American artist Dan Graham with Swiss landscape architect Günther Vogt finds curves of steel and two-way mirrored glass snaking between ivy hedgegrows. Graham’s entire oeuvre is site-specific to the Met rooftop: beyond the buffer of nature (Central Park) lies the skyline of skyscrapers, reflecting Graham’s enduring interest in how the built environment reflects organic (including human) nature. For Graham, the mirrored skin of corporate towers symbolizes economic power and design efficiency: the windows reflect the urban world whirling by while simultaneously camouflaging the occupants inside. “What Dan creates is a new form of quixotic landscape architecture that combines nature and community within a city environment,” said Sheena Wagstaff, the Met’s Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art.  Atop the Met, viewer, city and sky all become participants in the piece (At the unveiling last week, Graham said people seem particularly fond of the reflective effect for how trim it makes them look). I want to see Hedge at all times of day, to experience the different dances of light, to find myself sheathed in a veil of reflective transparency (as I would in this ASOS dress).

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