DALLAS –– In a statement, the Nasher Sculpture Center calls the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System's latest attempt to fix the glare beaming down from Museum Tower upon the museum "grossly inadequate."
The 42-story condominum building is made of glass that reflects the sun upon the Arts District and, namely, the Nasher. The two parties have been embroiled in a yearlong dispute over the issue –– Nasher officials want Dallas Fire Pension to modify its building.
In April, officials at the Museum Tower were presented the proposed fix of a "reconfigured oculi sunscreen design" to the Nasher's glass roof, which they said should appease any concerns of the museum by eliminating 100 percent of the reflected light.
"The good news is that it only requires a slight adjustment to the Nasher’s current sunscreen roof design," read a statement by Richard Tettamant, administrator of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System on the proposed change.
In the Thursday meeting, trustees were told the change to the roof was the only solution that would meet the Nasher's coverage needs. As for the garden, Museum Tower officials were told the glare did not impact that area.
However, Nasher officials have continously rejected any plans involving changes to the roof of the building, which was designed by architect Renzo Piano, who also designed the museums for the Menil Collection in Houston and the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris.
Dallas Police and Fire Pension met in a closed meeting as they discussed the proposal Thursday.
Back in February, panels were placed on the roof of the museum to shield the building from the glare as sculptures for the Kenneth Price exhibit arrived. While some saw it as a permanent solution, one museum guide at the Nasher, Gerry Baisley, said the panels also eliminate the natural light that filters into the main exhibition hall, one of the center's selling points.
"It’s not a fix,” said Jill Magnuson, a spokeswoman with the museum, in a February article on the panels. “It’s only an insurance policy to keep the shows going. This is significantly compromising our core business of showing art.”