This spring, one of our nation’s very own artists will be featured at the Hirshhorn Museum. Linn Meyers, an artist known for her intricate but temporary wall drawings, will be creating a 360-degree wall drawing for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens.
Meyer’s drawing will occupy roughly 400 linear feet of museum wall space that spans the entire circumference of the museum’s second-floor inner-ring galleries. The piece is called “Our View From Here,” and is set to begin on May 12. The show will run for one year, at which point the entire drawing will be painted over, showing no trace it was ever there. The artist herself will begin this grand undertaking on February 29. She will work seven days a week during museum hours.
Meyers estimates the entire piece will take her more than 600 hours in total. When asked how she felt about it being painted over after the year was up, she responded eloquently with, "I don’t have any uncomfortable feelings about it, but I do find that viewers are really uncomfortable with it. The idea that this work that they can see is very labor intensive is being painted over—people have complicated feelings about it."