The Verandah

UCLA Fowler Museum

An experimental museum installation developed by a team of artists, an architect, and museum professionals to increase awareness of the ways in which Buddhist philosophy can inform Western practices of art production, education, presentation, and reception.

The central architectural form of the installation suggest Japanese Buddhist temple and rock garden forms, with a verandah-like platform that invites the visitor to linger in a liminal space: between inside and outside.  The large wooden verandah is situated within an otherwise darkened gallery space, slightly raised off the floor, and forming two joined mirror-image rectangles.  Each verandah half will surround a sunken “garden.”