Allegra Hicks



November 3, 2014

Dia Beacon

Occupying a former box printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River, Dia:Beacon presents Dia’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions. Fall is a wonderful time to visit and I was particularly taken with this Richard Serra installation with the afternoon light flooding in and projecting silhouettes of the windows on the steel sculpture.

Autumn Leaves

Fall in best exemplified by the carpet of red and gold leaves it lays for us to walk on. Nature comes up with its own perfect colour combinations in all seasons and I found this one particularly beautiful. The pale grey, almost pastel colour on the one hand, offsetting the bold crimson red on the other.

Beinecke Library at Yale

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library contains the principal rare books and literary manuscripts of Yale University. The building, of Vermont marble and granite, bronze and glass, was designed by Gordon Bunshaft and is the most beautiful modern libraries I have seen. The image above shows how the marble walls radiate the outdoor light into the interior, creating extraordinary patterned walls.