Proposed solutions don't cool fight between Nasher, Museum Tower

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by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 2 at 6:56 PM

DALLAS -- The controversy over the glare off the Dallas Museum Tower building has been rekindled.

Four options to protect the Nasher Sculpture Center from the sun's reflection were revealed Friday by tower officials.

One of them is a giant wheel-art structure that would help block the glare. The estimated cost is between $20-to-$30 million. Another plan would be to put louvers on the high-rise building. That one would cost $7.5 million.

Nasher officials say they only agree with one of the proposed solutions.

The four proposals coming from Museum Tower officials were provided only to The Dallas Morning News. They were not provided to News 8, who had asked for them two days ago. Nor were they provided to Mayor Mike Rawlings, nor Nasher officials, who say they are confused by what they are calling “gamesmanship” and “media stunts."

Nasher Sculpture Garden officials say they were blindsided by four proposed solutions made public in Friday's newspaper. The Nasher’s Director of External Affairs Jill Magnuson said she is confused by the Museum Tower's reported solutions to the sun's harsh reflection, which she said is destroying the interior ambiance and garden grounds.

She said her board of directors has already rejected the tower's favored solution, to reposition the optical holes that form the Nasher's roof.

“It’s not even on the table,” Magnuson said. “We still think the louver system is the right solution."

And while a system of louvers is mentioned as one of the four options in The Dallas Morning News article, tower officials told News 8 last week the louvers are too expensive and impractical.

So that leaves two other options mentioned in the report, a giant wheel arch being called a “Surya” and a reflective window film referred to as "Magic Spray."

“We haven't ever been presented with the idea or some of the ideas that were presented in the paper today,” Magnuson said.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who has been privately trying to help broker a compromise, said he was surprised by the proposals, but eager to help forge a solution.

“First of all, we've got to recognize we have a problem,” Rawlings said. “Second, we got to make sure we put all of the solutions on the table, and third, we'll come up with the best solution."

The problem is, the negotiations appear to have totally broken down, the gloves have come off, and both sides appear to be entrenched.

And since the fight has gone public, it appears the public is being asked to settle the fight.

E-mail bshipp@wfaa.com

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