New Sculpture Garden at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    From Mario Botta's SFMOMA building, take the elevator to the top, and walk left, until you see a new bridgeway (seen here with the floor still covered for protection - this will open on May 10th) the detailing throughout is of the highest quality.


    On your left- views of the city, as museums do these days, to show they are "connected."


    At the end of the bridge, you'll see a room on your right, with the natural light, and an installation by Mel Bochner, you swim in its beauty.


    Next go back into the bridgeway, turn right and enter this lighter-than-air gallery. It stands atop an already existing parking lot.


    In these photos the works are still being installed.


    See the Robert Arneson outdoors in the back? And a nicely creepy Louise Bourgeois called The Nest.

    The spaces, especially the outdoor ones where you really want to breathe, feel a little crowded with works, but SFMOMA will figure this out as they proceed.

    And how are they going to throw parties up here, with all these artworks everywhere? They say they're holding off on renting out their new space. But it's a natural for that.

    At the back of the room you'll find a most beautiful object - the espresso machine for the cafe' that will be up here. It'll be a Blue Bottle - San Francisco's best? If not, I want to know what is.


    To your left and right are the outdoor gardens, also over the parking lot. Space flows from outdoors on the left and right to indoors, through you, and back outdoors left and right.


    This entire project is designed and constructed with exquisite refinement; worthy of say, Mies's Barcelona Pavilion, which comes to mind up here, mostly for the way the courtyards capture space and bring the outdoors in, but also for the sliding planes, the columns separated from the walls, and the intriguing use of glass.

    Mark Jensen is the architect. I'll write more on this soon. I wanted to post the photos for now. The garden will open on May 10. It's a great addition to this area, with the Contemporary Jewish Museum (Daniel Libeskind), the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (Fumihiko Maki), Museum of the African Diaspora, and more.
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