Brice Marden’s Grove Group paintings were the inspiration for this project, in which FdM:Arch transformed a small, brick-faced space below street level into a serene and meditative garden.
To make a smaller space seem larger, we relied on the ability of one’s gaze to evoke an endless horizon. Abstracted colored wall surfaces allow the viewer’s gaze to extend to infinity, creating a sense of depth and drawing the eye to a new horizon.
Three bronze totems made of an assemblage of offset stacked cylinders represent the “building blocks” of childhood education. Additionally, they are a conceptual reference to the grove in the Marden work.
- Place New York, NY
- Date 2000
- Client New York City Elementary School
- Area 400 SF
- Architect Francois deMenil Architect, PC
- Structural Engineer Robert Silman Associates, PC
- MEP Engineer N/A
- Lighting Francois deMenil Architect, PC
- Contractor Alliance Builders