Lines and Shadows

These two photos- one of the Atrium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the other of The Grove Arcade in Asheville, North Carolina- have a similar feel.  I like the way the light coming through the overhead windows create a shadowy grid in both pictures.

At the Met, the shadows fall high on the structure and emphasize the openness of the atrium.  The shadows seem to cast a protective net over the atrium, protecting its occupants from the outside world.  You’re still aware, though, that despite the beautiful natural light, the park-like feel of the atrium is, in fact, artificial.

Art Museum
Atrium, Metropolitan Art Museum, NYC, 2004

The Grove Arcade is a much different space.  The shadows fall directly below and onto the floor, and the heavy lines of the shadows seem to guide you along the arcade, while the narrower cross shadows direct you to the shops on either side.

The natural lighting gives the arcade a much larger, more open feel, which, as you can tell from the photo, is not the case.  The arcade is long and narrow, and would be quite dark if not for the overhead windows.

grove arcade i, asheville, 2008
Grove Arcade, Asheville, 2008

I find the juxtaposition of the natural light and greenery with the man-made structures quite interesting.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

We had the opportunity to spend a couple days exploring New York City a few years ago.  I had the best tour guide ever; my wife is from Long Island and worked for a while in Manhattan, so she knew exactly where to take me.

One of our stops was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I love museums and the Met is probably the best museum I’ve ever visited.  We could have spent days there but we only had a few hours.  If we make it back to New York City, another trip to the Met is a must.

This photo is the Charles Engelhard Court in the North Wing.  I love how the shadows from the modern glass enclosure fall across the classical facade of the entrance.  I also like that they brought a little nature into the museum with the grass and shrubbery and natural light.  You can sit in what amounts to a tiny park inside the museum and enjoy the beautiful artwork.

Art Museum