Sunday, November 13, 2011

LINE WORTHINESS PERCEPTION: Carsten Höller at The New Museum

 Start here on the 4th floor

Line worthy, interactive and 48" tall child approved. Might I suggest though, going during the week or as soon as the museum opens, as this show is line worthy, with in reason. Waiting 2 hours for the slide is not reasonable, so plan your visit accordingly. Upon entering two recent Sunday mornings when the museum opened at 11am and we still were unable to experience the upside down goggles, but there is so much else to do, experience and look at we don't know yet what goggled fun we're missing.

Carsten Höller's Carousel

Entry to Carsten Höller 102 foot long slide

Marble maze anyone?

The strobe lights might get to you too...

Pill Clock is in the back stairwell next to the water cooler, this made me feel like I 
was at the Willy Wonka factory

Watching the sliders shoot through the tunnel

You may experience your nose growing, birds chirping, fish swimming around your head, you may float on water and maybe, just maybe, you'll pass us upside down on a future visit?

This show is open through January 15, 2012 at the New Museum in NYC.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


The New Glass Cube, Apple Flagship Store 5th Ave NYC

The Flagship Apple store at 767 Fifth Ave.; which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and its giant glass cube entrance is noted as one of the most photographed landmarks in New York City, but for the last several months the store has been under wraps for a redesign. The much anticipated unveiling took place on November 4, 2011. And she's a beauty. This is a clear case of LESS IS MORE.

I sit out on this plaza often for the people watching and a bit of sunbathing during the afternoons. It's interesting to see tourist engage with the building and take pictures in front of it. It's a store after all not a landmark...but it's Apple and it's Steve Jobs' statement on Design and Simplicity. Notice the woman to the left in the picture above holding her hands up as if holding the apple for her friend taking her picture. While I was having lunch the other day I watched two teenagers work on the correct perspective for each of them to be photographed biting the center floating iconic Apple.

The Apple store in July 2011 under wraps

The redesign project involved completely removing the glass cube entrance at the store and reinstalling it, by removing 90 panels and replacing them with only 15 seamless panes of glass. In addition to replacing the cube, Apple removed protective bollards, installed new pavers around the perimeter and removed/reinstalled surrounding water drains. Permits filed with New York's Department of Buildings told that the entire project would cost Apple approx. $6.7 million. 

Per Apple insider, the recently deceased, former Apple CEO, paid for the original glass cube project himself and was the actual owner of the structure. It had been agreed upon that when the 20 year lease was complete the original cube was to be hauled off and replaced with a comparable structure.

Makes me wonder where the original cube is now and who owns this new simplified cube?

Apple Store 5th Ave: The Cube
The original glass cube was completed May 2006 (Photo via