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Next month's grand opening calls for vertigo-inducing feats

In preparation for its wildly anticipated May opening, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is hard at work tending to final preparations. For example, in order to install one of their Alexander Calder mobiles above the atrium, they had to have a worker precariously rappel from the upstairs bridge.


And here it is in full glory:

As SFMOMA points out, visitors will be able to see more of Calder's works than before. In fact, they have a decent-sized collection of his work in their arsenal, which you can see here.

In related news, the museum also has a new vertical garden (aka, a living wall) created by San Francisco-based Habitat Horticulture, who created flora walls for the exterior of The Jasper in Rincon Hill and inside the California Academy of Sciences.

According to SFist, the plants are affixed to large sheets of porous felt, fashioned out of recycled plastic. It also uses a reclaimed-water drip system for proper irrigation. Here's a quick video of SFMOMA's gorgeous vertical garden.

The museum closed a couple of years ago to make way for a major expansion designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta. A whopping 235,000 square feet have been added to the Mario Botta-designed building.

SFMOMA reopens to the public on May 14.


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