Rales family unveils plans for major new Glenstone museum in Potomac
24 June 2013
Ph: Bonnie Jo Mount
"Split Rocker," a colossal 40-foot plant sculpture by Jeff Koons, was recently unveiled at the Glenstone museum in Potomac, as part of the museum's newest expansion, the addition of a second a 150,000-square-foot building that will house the Rales family art collection. Home to massive outdoor sculptures by Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra, Tony Smith, and now Jeff Koons, the 200-acre estate will be newly landscaped by PWP Landscape Architecture, part of the museum's mission to combine art and architecture. Koons' "Split Rocker," a stainless steel hull, dotted 27,000 flowering plants and containing its own irrigation system, was masterminded by landscape firm RAFT, whose team of structural and mechanical engineers, metallurgists, soils and irrigation designers, horticulturalists, and gardeners worked to tailor this constructed ecology to its site.