Veil, by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, is the latest creative installation at Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. For 10 minutes every hour, the iconic structure disappears behind a big billowing fog until the mist dissipates and whaddya know — there it is again!
Is the haunting display a possible metaphor for the preeminent American architect’s cloudy personal history and reputation as a Nazi propagandist? No. It’s a (quite beautiful) play on the transparency of the home.
Says Nakaya: “Fog responds constantly to its own surroundings, revealing and concealing the features of the environment. Fog makes visible things become invisible and invisible things — like wind — become visible.”