BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
Since the Noguchi Museum’s mission is to preserve and present the work of American and Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi, the recent $1.6 million funding fits in line with its mission by renovating the museum’s sculpture garden.
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall recently announced the renovation project’s approval by the City Office of Management and Budget, which is set to begin in late 2014 and will be completed by 2015.
Through changing exhibitions and educational programs, Long Island City’s Noguchi Museum aims to illuminate Noguchi’s sculptures, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, architecture and set designs, which in turn brings 30,000 visitors a year.
Director of the Noguchi Museum Jenny Dixon said “through the tenure of Borough President Helen Marshall, she has been extraordinary in helping to stabilize the Noguchi Museum.”
In addition to the Borough President’s Office, the Queens delegation of the City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office have also kept the museum’s capital program afloat, Dixon said.
The 30-year-old wall bordering the Museum’s garden is rotten and could crumble if it does not undergo a renovation process, Dixon said.
Along with the renovation of the garden wall, the funding will go towards preventing damage to artwork from future storms like Superstorm Sandy, new lighting and a new irrigation system, which aims to keep the garden healthier and helps to save maintenance expenses.
Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13.