Efflorescence
Posted by Grace on November 19, 2009 - 9:46am

Efflorescence

While wandering around the museum, enjoying Tado Ando’s architectural design of the building, I couldn’t help but notice white streaks on certain parts of the exterior walls. These streaks are caused by a chemical reaction between the salts in the concrete and water. This reaction leads to the white lines that we see on the walls, which is known as “efflorescence”.

They reminded me of the Morris Louis piece, Dalet Kaf, 1959. Morris Louis is known for pouring different mediums directly onto his canvas, allowing the paint to flow down the canvas and staining it in the direction that he can manipulate. The repetition of horizontal lines that they create is almost mesmerizing.