A morning spent rigging Isamu Noguchi’s Beginnings, a five- piece variable installation sculpture…. No two installations alike!
Photo by our Collections Manager Larry Giacoletti
Happy Earth Day! In honor of the annual event, we look back at Eric Arctander’s Nieuw Amsterdam Shoreline. In 1980, the environmental artist recreated the original shoreline of Manhattan, prior to landfill, across and along present-day streets and sidewalks.
The mile and a half of vivid green and blue—colors chosen to evoke land and water and to avoid confusion with highway markings in the area—began at Wall Street, New Amsterdam’s northern boundary, and extended southwest along Pearl Street to Broad Street. The two parallel lines—each four inches wide with a four-inch gap between— extended up and down Broad Street to a point just north of Beaver Street, designating the man-made canal, called “Heere Gracht” after Amsterdam’s famed waterway, which remained a landfill until 1673. Read more.
It’s a big day here at The Noguchi Museum: the day the tents are removed from the basalts and granites in the garden and The Well is moved back to its spot. This week might be a nice time to visit, no?
Isamu Noguchi, Behind Inner Seeking Shiva Dancing, 1976- 82, basalt
Photos by our Collections Manager Larry Giacoletti
Isamu Noguchi, Okame (Atomic Head), 1954, iron
Photograph by Kevin Noble
The Noguchi Museum
Photograph taken by Isamu Noguchi during his visit to Buckminster Fuller’s Biosphere at Expo ‘67 in Montreal
The Noguchi Museum Archive.
Buckminster Fuller, United States Pavilion, (1967)
Probably the best known geodesic structure is the United States Pavilion in Montreal, Canada, designed for expo 1967. This 250 foot diameter, diaphanous, silvery sphere caught the imagination of all who visited the expo and became the symbolic icon of all subsequent world’s fairs and of visionary urban construction. Every expo after 1967 had it’s spherical exhibition structure; every city of the future had it’s spherical building prominently positioned in it’s urban fabric.