Sunday, March 21, 2010

First Weekend Of Spring; Visit to the Earth Room (attached video)...

I was in town yesterday visiting an old friend and we stopped up to see Bill and the earth room. It was a beautiful 75 degree sunny day and one of those amazing celebratory days of nature and the earth room is, if nothing else, a celebration of nature...

Normally Bill has the lights on but today he had them off and the difference between lights on and lights off is larger than you might expect. The earth room seems almost like a zen garden with the lights off. With the lights on it feels more imposing, more challenging and the bend around the corner into the second room seems more important - like the horizon. I like it both ways.

A young couple from Rome, Italy came up. I really enjoy seeing people react to it. No one seems to know what to say - but in a good way.

Quite Coincidentally The last time I wrote about the Earth Room was march, 2009 - one year ago and without being aware of the timing i migrated back for this Spring visit- quite literally finding ourselves virtually at the entrance without any intention to go there.

The earth room is located at 141 wooster Street (between prince and houston), apt. 2b, NYC.

12-6pm (closed 3-3:30pm)

(If you click on the title of this post you will be linked to the original post of one year ago.) Here is the video:

An interior earth sculpture.
250 cubic yards of earth (197 cubic meters)
3,600 square feet of floor space (335 square meters)
22 inch depth of material (56 centimeters)
Total weight of sculpture: 280,000 lbs. (127,300 kilos)

The New York Earth Room, 1977, is the third Earth Room sculpture executed by the artist, the first being in Munich, Germany in 1968. The second was installed at the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, Germany in 1974. The first two works no longer exist.

The New York Earth Room has been on long-term view to the public since 1980. This work was commissioned and is maintained by Dia Art Foundation.

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