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Mary Miss

This week I've decided to profile an artist /designer I really love for a multitude of reasons. I know I set out for this blog to be an outlet of design but over the past couple of years I feel more and more that there can be very little difference between art and design. 

The artist I've chosen is Mary Miss. Her work is that it seems to be the love child of art and architecture and even landscape architecture at times. Her work exemplifies, art's ability to design an experience for its viewers and I believe that design, especially industrial design, is the design of experiences. 

This quote from her book from a guest writer I feel describes her work most successfully.

"In contrast to art and urban experiences conceive on the entertainment model, she presents public life as a realm where communal and private experiences coexist-where one may join in a larger shared experience or step back for moments of private reverie. Her environments offer unscripted paths that require physical engagement and are designer to elicit very personal reactions." (Mary Miss. Mary Miss 1944-, New York: Princeton Architectura Press, 2004, 13.

Battery Park Landfill 1973  Image Source: http://www.marymiss.com/

Battery Park Landfill 1973 
Image Source: http://www.marymiss.com/

This is an interview with Mary Miss about one of her current projects, City as Living Laboratory, which is a series of projects intended to provide people with information about her chosen sites while also providing interactive elements which again make her projects very individual for viewers. 

http://newyork.thecityatlas.org/people/mary-miss/

Allen Memorial  Art Museum 1973 Image Source: http://www.marymiss.com/

Allen Memorial  Art Museum 1973
Image Source: http://www.marymiss.com/