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Reflective New Building Near Nasher Museum is Harming Sculpture Garden and Museum Collection

June 27, 2012

In your face: Museum Tower glare is harming the Nasher, museum officials say. (The New York Times)

Dallas’ Nasher Museum and Sculpture Garden is a true cultural gem – the museum is the work of Renzo Piano and the sculpture garden by Peter Walker.  As reported in the New York Times and elsewhere, the highly reflective skin of a new condominium tower next door to the Nasher is frying the plant materials and sending harmful light into the museum.   Now comes word from that negotiations to result a dispute between the Nasher and the condo developers have broken down – and sales of the building’s units have been affected by the controversy:

Negotiations have all but broken down between the Nasher Sculpture Center and the financial backers of neighboring Museum Tower, my colleagues Steve McGonigle, Gary Jacobson and Michael Granberry have learned. A lawsuit could be filed within days.

An attorney for the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, Gary Lawson, blamed public criticism for the failure of the talks and threatening the $200 million building’s viability.

Purchasers of condominiums have canceled contracts and sales of additional units have been “substantially adversely affected,” Lawson stated in a letter he provided to The Dallas Morning News.

“It is reasonable to anticipate that litigation will take place within the very near term, days if not weeks away,” Lawson wrote.

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