A plan for the Hirshhorn calls for an inflatable structure that pokes through the building’s top and side, on the National Mall. (Photo: Diller Scofidio & Renfro)

I loved it when I picked up my New York Times yesterday and saw the inflatable bubble expansion that the Hirshhorn Museum is hoping to build — on the front page. Ouroussoff has it right when he said the Hirshhorn plan had the potential to “delight” visitors to the National Mall and could “transform one of the most somber buildings on the mall into a luminous pop landmark.”

But I have had a few second thoughts. A rendering in rusty red is not so attractive. Even in blue, what will this look like when it’s no longer new? Or is the inflatable bit renewed every year — and how much would that cost beyond the $5 million estimate now?


Judith H. Dobrzynski
Real Clear Arts