Behind the Scenes: Brooklyn Museum’s Cloth-Wrapped Pod Columns Coming Along

02/18/2011 2:26 PM |

Undeterred by the comically clumped security cameras, I peeked behind the panels.
  • Undeterred by the comically clumped (but apparently un-monitored) security cameras, I peeked behind the panels.

Back in December we saw a prototype of Situ Studio‘s forthcoming architectural installation in the Brooklyn Museum’s newly renovated Great Hall, reOrder (opens March 4), and yesterday after a preview of the excellent new Tipi exhibition (on which more soon) I dallied long enough to snap a few progress shots of the Situ installation.

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Situ Studio at the Brooklyn Museum

Basically, if classical architecture could spin hoola-hoops, it would look like what Situ Studio is currently doing to the grand, glass-ceilinged McKim, Mead & White space. By next months the metal rings will be outfitted with skirts of white fabric so that they look like giant lampshades or whirling dervishes. One of the columns, pictured below, already had its dressing yesterday.

Situ Studio at the Brooklyn Museum
  • One of the Situ Studio columns, with its dress on.

And here’s how the stunning, newly renovated space will look on March 4:

Courtesy Brooklyn Museum, Situ Studio.
  • Courtesy Brooklyn Museum, Situ Studio.

(Photos by author, unless indicated otherwise.)