New York

Amy Hauft

Lipton Owens Company

Installed in a former bank, Amy Hauft’s Counting to Infinity, 1994, addressed the abstraction of an economy divorced from hard currency. One entered the building through a minuscule foyer that opened onto a steep flight of stairs. Despite the unkempt air and undistinguished architecture of this building, the high-ceilinged space suggested a place where people could trust their money would be managed judiciously. A tall teller’s counter with frosted-glass screens stood toward the south end of the floor, while toward the north end, formerly the site of the executive offices, an open space was illuminated by a row of tall windows. In this open area, Hauft constructed a ramp of latticework and stretched, translucent fabric, raising the floor plane to just beneath the windowsills. Bathed by an evanescent light, the stairs seemed to float through the space. This intervention placed the viewer

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