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Oh Lord, won’t you buy me, an Isamu Noguchi maquette

10/01/2008

Isamu Noguchi
maquette for pylon, Detroit Civic Center Plaza
1971
aluminum
6.5 w x 6.5 d x 31 h inches
This work is unique.
Sale by auction Oct. 7. Estimate 50k – 70k.


Shouldn’t the Detroit Institute of the Arts buy this? I think so. Even though they’re as strapped as the auto industry.

How about the great Noguchi Museum?

Here’s a photo as built.



It’s got a little


St. Louis Arch in it, don’t you think?, he asked archly.

Gateway Arch, Eero Saarinen, opened 1967.

Some thirty years later, came the twisting buildings, sometimes based on sculpture, such as

Santiago Calatrava’s “Turning Torso” in Malmo, Sweden. (Broke ground in 2001.)

In Detroit Noguchi’s pylon stands in Hart Plaza (1972-79)

eight urban acres in Detroit, a modern “environment of leisure” on scale with the public monuments of the ancient world that Noguchi sought to update.”

between the Civic Center and John Portman’s Renaissance Center. With


a (not very good) fountain by Noguchi – the Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain (1978).

When it opened, Hart Plaza was a popular meeting place. In light of Detroit’s urban troubles, this lack of events makes me wonder if Hart Plaza is still popular. Anybody know?

And how about the Noguchi pylon? Does it still cut the sky sharply, reaching for eternity?

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