Elyn Zimmerman’s Marabar Installation Finally Has A New Home | News
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The fate of one of the nation’s most iconic works of art has been officially resolved months after the Cultural Landscape Foundation assured that its future will be set in stone.
Solid granite by artist Elyn Zimmerman Marabar the facility has found a new home after a planned modernization at DC’s National Geographic Society has already caused fear of demolition.
The New York Times reports that the Â£ 1million facility will now be moved to the American University campus following an agreement between the two institutions. The university’s art museum takes up the room that has served as the centerpiece of the building designed by David Childs since its inception in 1984.
The company had previously announced plans to remove the room instead of a new place from Hickock Cole and OLIN that featured a pavilion and a trendy rooftop garden. The facility appeared doomed after the city’s Historic Preservation Board approved the demolition before TCLF stepped in in March to secure its future, mounting a successful petition campaign that resulted in National’s pledge. Geographic to sell each of the four stones, which weigh approximately 250,000 pounds each.
Now, with a deal in place to finally foment a permanent home for EM Forester’s inspired artwork, TCLF President Charles Birnbaum says he’s relieved to have found a second home for a flagship piece in the world. history of landscape architecture that his organization has worked on so difficult to preserve.
“While we are disappointed that ‘Marabar’ is not staying put,” said Birnbaum, “we applaud the company for working with Ms. Zimmerman on this resolution.”
AU Katzen Center for the Arts Director Jack Rasmussen added that he hopes the back and forth will serve as a “teachable moment” for similar dilemmas. The relocation will include a newly designed water feature according to Zimmerman. TCLF has an oral history of the work here.