MoMA Atrium Calculations

The following images document the act of measuring the Museum of Modern Art atrium space. Click on an image for more information.

One aspect of this work I have been considering is the idea of authorship. If Bernhardt Laboratories had, or needed, an installation crew, this image would represent the unloading of some provisional works for the Measuring MoMA project. Sample models would be brought into the museum’s loading bay and later into the atrium to test relationships between objects and to establish sightlines from various locations. The mock-ups and early drawings used in this process were fairly rough, owing to the broad estimations of space in the atrium used prior to this opportunity to take physical measurements. Based on comparisons between the drawings, models, and mock-ups against the physical dimensions of the atrium, some retooling of elements has proven necessary, as was expected.

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