|I did not take this incredible photo. I wish I had.|
This is probably the best way to view the
Light Sculpture on Wilshire.
All credit goes to Michael Grobe Photography.
|Tony Smith's'Smoke' fills the atrium with it's now |
uncovered original skylight.
|The former Roman gallery, with windows open to Wilshire.|
When I entered, I was first blown away by the fact that they had finally (FINALLY) torn off the shredded tarps from the original skylight in the Ahmanson building, and took the Atrium back to it's 1960's International Style Travertine clad glamour. For years I had lamented being able to see the blue tarps flapping in the wind while standing inside; it was so tacky and low rent. Thankfully, those days are gone. The wood paneled Elevators and brass mounted clocks were also still in tact. The other major architectural favor they did for the building was to open up the windows onto Wilshire Blvd. All the years I trudged through the dimly lit rooms, I never suspected there were windows hidden behind false walls, but there were. Beautiful, floor to ceiling windows that let in glorious natural light. Light is of course the enemy of painting and textiles, but it's not of sculpture. These room now house less environmentally sensitive art.
|A table I j'adore. Dare I say it's precious?|
|Refreshingly, quite a bit of the art is hung Salon style, an old|
|A dramatic display of Bronze Sculpture.|