Lauren Halsey’s rooftop pavilion at the Met melds Egyptian iconography with the visual culture of Los Angeles

Etched figures have joined the Central Park skyline. The tenth in a series of annual site-specific rooftop commissions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, artist Lauren Halsey’s the eastside of south central los angeles hieroglyph prototype architecture (I) is a pavilion that melds Egyptian iconography with the lexicon of Halsey’s ancestral corner of L.A. Echoing the scale of the Met’s famed Temple of Dendur, hieroglyph prototype architecture (I)’s maximum height clocks in at just over 20 feet tall. The Museum description of it as a “large-scale architecture structure” is contextualized by the fact that most of the museum’s architectural artifacts are smaller fragments.


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