Finally our newest addition "Domus" has made it's way to the shop. I've actually been working on this jewelry piece from the beginning, but it just took a few more tweaks to get just right.
This necklace is inspired by the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. I know some of you are happy to have another inspired piece from the good ol' US of A, and Tom and I were happy to have another excuse to travel to one of our favorite cities to visit this museum.
Frank Lloyd Wright is the architect of the building. This was his final great masterpiece, working on it from 1943 until his death in 1959. 16 years!!! I get twitchy after working on any project over 1 year. Unfortunately neither Wright nor Solomon R. Guggenheim were alive to see the museum's grand opening. Wright passed away at 91, just a few months prior to the museum's completion.
I knew from the beginning that I wanted the Guggenheim necklace to portray the magnificent interior focal point, the skylight. If you've ever visited, you know exactly why! As soon as you walk into the museum, you are standing in the center of a grand rotunda, enclosed by a spiraling 6 story high, 1/4 mile long ramp. Hovering above it all, letting in a soft gentle light, is a skylight like no other.
This rotunda is one of those feel good spaces, where you could sit for hours just relaxing and enjoying life. I stood looking up, spinning around in the center until I got a bit dizzy. Even if you can't afford the price of admission, it's worth walking in and standing at the base of the rotunda to see this spectacular space. Anything higher up requires an admission ticket.
The basic form of the building is an inverted ziggurat, reminding me of one of those collapsible travel cups I had as a kid. The artwork is arranged along the spiral ramp, allowing for one to experience the artwork as they slowly progress up and through the building.
When Tom and I visited, we chose to take the elevator up, and travel down the ramp. We enjoyed walking along it so much that once we got to the bottom, we turned around and walked back up! It really was enjoyable to walk through and see not only the artwork next to you, but to look across and see artwork across the rotunda along the ramp.
The domed skylight is a dodecagon, meaning it consists of 12 sections, and is broken up into 169 different sections of glass. All of this sits atop a concrete structure that turns into fins that extend down the rotunda, dividing the gallery along the ramp into small sections to display the art.
Our favorite works of art were housed in the Thannhauser Gallery. It contains some of our favorite artists including Picasso, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, and Kandinsky. Definitely worth a visit to see.
I will say that as architects, we had a hard time paying attention to the artwork, and found ourselves gazing up and around the rotunda for most of the time. We both took more photo's then we will ever use!
If you want to learn more about the design process of the building, there is a fantastic timeline here.