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Ring Break

On assignment yesterday in New York City, a twelve-hour day, but a break in the action afforded a balcony view of the Met from Avery Fisher’s balcony:

Die Walküre intermission. Metropolitan Opera House, NYC; May 2, 2011.  Click images to enlarge.

The plazas in Lincoln Center have been renovated and this was my first chance to get a glimpse of them.

Barclays Capital Grove, Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center.

The Barclays Grove is very nicely done. It feels as if it has been slid onto a tray made of smooth stone, giving the grove the sense of being lighter than gravity would normally allow. The stone’s edges create bench seating on two levels. As dusk descended the tree uplights came on and accent lights appeared beneath the benches creating a space which at night will hold its own against Lincoln Center’s centerpiece fountain.

The design work was done by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE Architects.

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