Never mind! After all that fussÂ to preserve the iconic Texas tin structure, Rice University’sÂ Art Barn met the Grim Reaper on Wednesday, April 16. While a group was able to salvage the buildingâ€™s corrugated metal siding, wrecking crews tore away at the Martel Center’s structure, marking a definitive end to efforts of preservationists to move the building to another site in Houston. Andy Warholâ€™s famous oak tree planted in front of the former structure will remain intact, but once the dust clears only a grass lawn will serve as tombstone. A rogue power line temporarily stalled the demolition, thereby buying a commemorative moment for the Art Barnâ€™s historical and cultural import. The buildingâ€™s spirit will live on through the Menil Collection it once housed, as well as its legacy with other tin houses.
New York-based landscape architecture firmÂ Michael Van ValkenburghÂ Associates (MVVA) has been selected to develop new designs for The Menil Collectionâ€™s 30-acre campus in Houston, Texas. The appointment kicks off the Menilâ€™s â€œneighborhood of artâ€ master plan, designed in 2009 by London-basedÂ David Chipperfield Architects.Â Chipperfield’s scheme attempts to tie together a group of six buildings spread across several blocks and interspersed with outdoor sculpture gardens and green spaces. The museum anticipates that groundwork for the initial stage of MVVAâ€™s design will begin this September.