Philip Johnson’s Glass House has long been a highly admired piece of American architecture, but until now it has been admired on its own without the consideration of additional surrounding architecture. Artist Alex Schweder wanted to do his part to help the public see the Glass House in a new light, so he created a companion piece to the iconic glass-walled home.
Schweder’s work is called “Rehearsal Space,” and it too features transparent walls. The room is a plastic bubble that is lifted 22 feet off of the ground by a scissor lift attached to a van. An electrical cord runs from the Glass House to the Rehearsal Space. All in all, this little plastic bubble is somewhat of a mobile living unit.
For ten days, Schweder lived alone in his bubble and studied Philip Johnson’s own writings. The goal of the display, according to the artist, was to encourage viewers to consider the issues of exposure and intimacy, two elements that are in constant opposition in our daily lives.