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SAAM’s new courtyard

Michael Edson at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Eye Level blog writes about the opening of their new courtyard on Sunday. The courtyard reminds me of the Mall of America, but with art instead of shopping. It is an impressive encapsulation of a formerly out of doors space, with a unique walk-on-water pathway, letting everyone […]

SI Courtyard

Michael Edson at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Eye Level blog writes about the opening of their new courtyard on Sunday. The courtyard reminds me of the Mall of America, but with art instead of shopping. It is an impressive encapsulation of a formerly out of doors space, with a unique walk-on-water pathway, letting everyone be Jesus. Jeff Gates wrote about the experience:

My natural inclination was to walk around the feature. But it was designed to be walked on (and designed so that, by the time you reach the entrances to the museum, your feet will be dry). I’m sure children will get a kick out of the experience. And if we can overcome our predilection to keep our feet on dry ground, adults will too.

SI Courtyard walk on water

And SAAM’s doing the new media thing too. They are live-blogging the public opening (prediction: lots of people) and have created a flickr group for visitor’s photos.

Photo credits: David S. Holloway/Reportage by Getty Images for Smithsonian Institution, Jeff Gates