This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Glass House www.theglasshouse.org in New Canaan Connecticut that was once the home of the famous architect Philip Johnson who left the property to the National Trust for Historic Preservation www.PreservationNation.org, a privately funded non profit whose mission it is to save America’s historic places for future generations. The Glass House was built between 1949 and 1995 and represents a contemporary campus of art and buildings.
Beginning May 1 and running through November 31, the Glass House is hosting Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya. He has installed a temporary site-specific exhibit called Veil that will coincide with the tour season of the Glass House.
Nakaya will be producing a fog sculpture around the environment of the Glass House. Fog will literally wrap itself around the house for 10 to 15 minutes each hour, the Glass House will appear to vanish, only to return again when the fog dissipates.
The opacity of the house juxtaposed with the density of the fog will complement the feeling of timelessness. It is a well documented fact the Johnson had a deep interest in balancing opposites as is evident in all the buildings on the Glass House campus making this temporary exhibit magical with the architecture disappearing and reappearing again and again with the fog as it rises and falls.
The Glass House is positioned on a hill with a view of an unspoiled valley. The location of the house is subject to changing wind patterns and humidity that will affect the interplay between the house and the fog giving the interchange infinite possibilities.
The artist, Nakaya, has created fog installations around the world including projects for: the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; the Grand Palais, Paris; the Australian National Gallery, Canberra; and the Exploratorium, San Francisco, among others. Veil will be Nakaya’s first large fog installation on the East coast of the United States.
The Visitors Center for The Glass House is located on 199 Elm Street in New Canaan Connecticut. The Tour season runs from May through November. Advance ticket reservations are required and can me obtained by visiting www.theglasshouse.org. Tours take place Thursday - Monday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and tickets start at $30, including tour of the site.