Sunday, May 3, 2009
Symmetry is scary. That's the mainspring of Chris Burden's Urban Light, and now of Robert Irwin's design for the Rodin sculpture garden at LACMA. The central allee leads the eye to Balzac… but really, it's those regimented palm trees and the rhyme with Urban Light that fascinate. Even the sawtoothed roof of BCAM now fits into the program of brutalist geometry. Perhaps some day a 70-foot steam-belching locomotive will dangle from above. Ian Hamilton Finlay wrote that "Certain gardens are described as retreats when they are really attacks."