Bubble Burst? The Hirshhorn At A Crossroads

Bubble Burst? The Hirshhorn At A Crossroads

The "Hirshhorn Bubble" was supposed to transform an iconic building along the National Mall. But the project is now in jeopardy.

It was a bold idea that would transform an iconic museum and the skyline of the National Mall. In 2009, the new director at the Hirshhorn Museum proposed a "seasonal inflatable structure" -- a huge temporary bubble that would balloon out from the top of the building's iconic donut-shaped building. Four years later, that project is in jeopardy, and the Hirshhorn's director is on his way out. We explore debates about the art and economics of the "Hirshhorn Bubble" and what it means for the creative communities of D.C.

Guests

Kriston Capps

Senior Editor, Architect Magazine; contributing writer, Washington City Paper

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