Arts No, January Is Not A Good Time to Open A Sculpture Park
posted by January 9 at 11:00 AMon
The reasons are plain. And talking to landscape architect Charles Anderson Monday, he described the three-month period of December, January, and February as the park’s only vegetative “dead zone.” The other nine months every year will show some flowering on the plantsóred, white, yellow, blue.
Lately, people have begun asking me about this shirking of logic on the part of the museum, which basically arrived at the opening date by stumbling toward it, continually pushed forward by a series of controversies and delays and then stopping more or less haphazardly in the middle of winter. My only response is, what do I look like, the museum director? It’s opening Jan. 20 and that’s that. Don’t want to go in the cold? Your loss.
If, like me, you are mildly irritated and yet determined to show up, a calming, warming drink might help. One of the toughest, best sculptures in the park is Tony Smith’s Stinger, an enclosure of four matte-black walls in the shape of diamonds that rest on the ground on their tips. The artist named it after the ferocious cocktail disguised by its sweetness. To make a Stinger, mix 1 1/2 ounces brandy and a half-ounce white creme de menthe. Or for another version of it, keep going, and add a half-ounce vodka. It’s cold out there. You’ll need one after your first tour.