Celebrating the 65th anniversary of Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House, artist Fujiko Nakaya has created the building's first ever site-specific art installation. The installation, titled "Veil", will shroud the glass house in fog for 10 minutes every hour, creating a dialogue with Johnson's design intentions by breaking the visual connection between inside and out, and covering the building's sharp, clean lines with misty indeterminacy. At the same time it will make literal Johnson's ideal of an architecture that vanishes.
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Nakaya has created similar fog installations in locations around the world, including at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and was also a consultant for Diller + Scofidio's 2002 Blur Building. She said “fog responds constantly to its own surroundings, revealing and concealing the features of the environment. Fog makes visible things become invisible and invisible things — like wind — become visible.”
The installation is part of a larger scheme to make the Glass House into a center for contemporary art and ideas, especially those which interact with the history and meaning of the site. "Veil" will be at the Glass House until November 30th.