The Buried Void

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    From an oculus in the top of the Guggenheim a stream of sand will fall continuously into the museum and collect on the rotunda floor. For fifty years the sand will gradually fill the void, stopping on October 21, 2059 (the 100th anniversary of the Guggenheim) when it will have erased the space completely. Until then, guests in the building will be encouraged to experience and actively participate in this measure of time: as the physical objects in their lives become obsolete, visitors are encouraged to place them into museum-provided capsules and throw them into the sand. During the centennial celebration of the Guggenheim the rotunda will be excavated and the contents will be displayed in an evolutionary retrospective of forgotten things from the first half of the 21st century.

    1. M H A P 59 months ago | reply

      Nice! Congratulations!

    2. Daniel Georges 59 months ago | reply

      I would like to say congratulations to the five winners. All their submissions deserve to be picked.

      I suppose by reading this, many will judge me as a sore loser or a fanatic green activist which I am not. But I feel the need to get a message across, mainly to the Guggenheim. I wouldn't have even considered writing this if there wasn't a striking opposition between my submission here:
      and one of the five winners entitled: "Sunflowers".

      I find the "Sunflowers" submission to be an elegant one, a pleasant installation idea indeed. But with a core slogan of "bringing the outside in", I'm left to assume that the curators of this competition have decidedly turned the blind eye towards all the current environment deterioration issues and ecological disasters striking almost everywhere on the planet. Romanticizing about sunflower fields when the entirety of an ecosystem in the US itself is at the verge of extinction is by all means irrelevant and borders the untactful.

      Are museums meant to be immune to the turbulent realities of the outside, safeguarding a level of art chic?
      What happened that turned museums from cultural institutions to corporate entities selling fake dreams like a Hollywood machine?

      If iconic places like the Guggenheim Rotunda are exploited continuously as mere containers of introvert art, it only means that curators are reducing them to construction feats good for selling architecture books at the museum's boutique. They have indeed a far bigger potential.

      Finally, I reassert my full respect to the "Sunflowers" submission creators, and congratulations to all the winners. Of course, I thank the Guggenheim nonetheless for giving everyone this invaluable opportunity to design an intervention inside the Rotunda. It was both a pleasure and an honor.

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