To commemorate St. Patrick’s Day, here is the newly renovated National Gallery of Ireland by Heneghan Peng Architects. HP Architects were chosen for this six year renovation project after having been recognized for their work on the Grand Egyptian Museum and the Palestinian Museum. They successfully addressed the circulation issues the gallery was having, unearthed windows that were bricked for decades bringing in much needed light, as well as introducing light into buildings via new modern skylights. They have done a true job of preserving the past and beautifully introducing the new.
Entrance Hall- newly added skylight with light reflecting off the opposing white wall
Past- Main Hall
Today’s- Main Hall
My final project for studio was to design an artist retreat for the artist of my choice. I chose Mario Testino. His work inspires me. He has this vibrant personality that is able to ease any client of his. His photos like to show a bold, sexy, confident yet happy easy going woman. See for yourself. Hope you enjoy his work as much as I do.
Went to New York to see a beloved friend of mine and he had a great idea to go out of the city to visit the DIA: Beacon. The establishment is BEAUTIFUL! I loved it so much I was day dreaming wishing it was my loft.
It is located on the banks of the Hudson River and is a former Nabisco box- printing factory. The ceiling has a million windows as well as through-out the museum bringing in a generous amount of light to showcase the contemporary pieces inside. I really liked the vertical gardens to the right of the entrance. I dream of having a vertical and symmetrical garden someday.
Richard Serra was most definitely one of my favorite artists at the museum. He is a minimalist sculptor known for working with and assembling steel on a large scale. The steel sculptures that you could walk through were amazing and had this beautiful rust color. Dan Flavin had cool and interesting light installations. Some of them, to me, resembled the Empire State building. Sol LeWitt was absolutely one of my favorites. He did these amazingly intricate drawings on the wall. He had me going cross-eyed I was staring at them so long! Seeing the Louise Bourgeois spider sculpture immediately brought me back to my childhood when I went to the Guggenheim with my mother and brother in Bilboa.
If you are ever in NY I highly recommend driving an hour and a half to visit this calming beauty.
Grounds & Entrance
Gardens to the right of the entrance
My friend walking through the gardens
Amazing factory windows…I would want them if I had a loft.
This is not at the Dia: Beacon but I wanted to show the large scale and that you can walk through them.
Beautiful rust color…
Bourgeois at the Guggenheim in Bilboa- I remember going there when I was a teen and being fascinated by this sculpture.
I do not recall the first time I saw a James Nares painting, but I do remember immediately falling in love and having to find out who this artist was.
The brushes used are custom designed by the artist. Most of James’s paintings are produced in a single brushstroke and he doesn’t deem a painting successful until it is “balanced”.
I would be thrilled if I had one of his paintings in my home.