When last we checked in on the Nasher Sculpture Center-Museum Tower tussle over The Glare, they were shouting “Publicity stunt!” at each other before retiring to their separate corners for Thanksgiving break. At least one Core Reader hopes they’ll both go away forever; that’d be quite the Christmas Miracle.
But for now we dip into the inbox, where Nord Wennerstrom, director of communications for the Washington, D.C.-based Cultural Landscape Foundation, sends word of a newly minted essay by Charles A. Birnbaum, its president. Long story short: Months after the foundation included the Nasher on its list of “threatened and at-risk landscapes,” Birnbaum takes to Huffington Post to recap the battle so far and explains how it landed on the list in the first place. As he notes, this year’s theme, Landscape and Patronage, “honors collaborations like the one between Raymond Nasher, Peter Walker and Renzo Piano that have contributed to our shared landscape heritage and highlights how delicate that legacy can be, whether the landscape is historic or relatively new.”