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June 6, 2006

MorphWorld: The Hirshhorn Museum lobby into a Gene Davis painting


Noted on the front page of yesterday's Washington Post Style section, the summer makeover of the Hirshhorn Museum's lobby (above) by Scotsman Jim Lambie, a Turner Prize finalist who used thousands of feet of brightly colored tape to "make edges disappear."

I really did think, when I first looked at the photo, that the museum had taken a Gene Davis painting like the one below,


perhaps from its own collection, and projected it onto the floor.

The stripy floor will be up (down?) until October 2.

Bonus: here's a link to a wonderful time-lapse video of the installation being created.

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the floor looks beautiful indeed, but for sheer entertainment i want to be there 5 months from now when they begin the impossible process of peeling the tape off the floor. for 5 months innumerable feet will pound the tape into the floor and for 5 months the adhesive will have more than enough time to dry out. both will insure the tape will not come off without the aid of some very volatile and noxious solvent.

Posted by: rob | Jun 7, 2006 10:06:03 PM

I was just at the Hirshhorn this past weekend for the first time and the floor is definitely not something you'll miss. It really changed the entrance space, that's for sure, but it's not easy on the eyes. Interesting stuff in that place...

Posted by: Patrick Haney | Jun 6, 2006 11:47:02 PM

Shades of Bridget Riley. I was lucky some years ago to do some work at deBeer's diamond sorting house in Hatton Garden. Their corridors are lined with expensive art, including several Rileys. Very nice.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Jun 6, 2006 5:20:31 PM

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