Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Family

Isamu Noguchi's sculpture "The Family" has  long sat on the lawns of Cigna, the large international insurance and health care company headquartered in the Hartford suburb of Bloomfield.

Last October, I told about the battle with architectural preservationists over Cigna's plan to raze the office building in the background of this photograph.  The outcome is that the office building remains, and the Gillette Ridge golf course now surrounds the Cigna buildings.  The Family sits between the 10th and 17th holes.

23 comments:

SRQ said...

All very interesting. It's amazing how much power architectural preservationists wield. Did Cigna construct a new building or were those plans scrapped? The sculpture looks like quite a course hazard. How many penalty strokes if your ball ricochets off a tree and lands atop one of the sculptures?

PerthDailyPhoto said...

A lot can happen between the 10th and 17th hole, games won or lost!! This Family has a bit of a 'Stonehenge' look about it Jack.

Bruce Clark said...

A very interesting sculptures and well captured.

Halcyon said...

Interesting pieces. Glad they didn't raze everything. Although I'm not against more golf courses. ;)

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Interesting sculptures, although I never understand 100% what did they represent.

Kate said...

A contemporary modern day cairn! I like it!

Karl said...

Interesting sculptures, Jack.

Birdman said...

Maybe they play the back 9.

Luis Gomez said...

This sculpture is really great Jack!

Malyss said...

Like PerthDP, I was thinking of a modern Stonehenge. With luck, the Family will be there long after the building 's disappearance...

Lois said...

Quite a balancing act!

Sylvia K said...

My first thought was Stonehenge, too!! Interesting addition to the golf course!! Great shot! Enjoy your day, Jack!

Sylvia

lizziviggi said...

Those are a lot of windows to have on a golf course!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

What a lovely view for the Family... Do you think they will mind if we play through?

Bises,
Genie

cieldequimper said...

Are these druids?

RedPat said...

I love Noguchi's work but wasn't familiar with these pieces! Thanks for this post Jack.

Regina K said...

Interesting. Are they going to do anything with the building? Sure can't be an indoor driving range? I like the Family.

Virginia said...

Mr. and Mrs. Stonehenge and their precious baby boy, Rocky.
V

Nita Davis said...

I for one am glad the Family was not disturbed. Not sure how the golfers feel about them but it would give me a reason to walk the course. :D

Lynette said...

Thank goodness the building has been saved! These sculptures are wonderful, Jack. I imagine each golfer still enjoys playing here, even with a preserved building and the random sculpture. By osmosis, their appreciation of things other than golf shall increase.

Randy said...

Those are great. Very organic looking.

Leif Hagen said...

I was thinking what Kate of St. Paul already commented.
Cool sculptures they are!

Cildemer said...

Strange family! The artist seems to have been inspired by places like Stonehenge!
Thanks for sharing your wonderful shot, Jack;o)
And HAPPY BIRTHDAY again;o)