Around 1980, the great twentieth-century stage designer, furniture maker, and sculptor Isamu Noguchi was inspired to create a sculptural ensemble for the grass courtyard on the south side of the Kimbell in honor of the architect Louis I. Kahn. The two men had been friends—they worked together in the early 1960s on a never-realized playground for Manhattan’s Riverside Park. Arranged on the Kimbell site in August 1983, Constellation makes a most successful addition to the building through allusion to one of Kahn’s favorite topics, the prehistory of architecture. In particular, it recalls the mysterious menhirs that are among the earliest structures made by humankind.
Caption: South view of the Kimbell’s Kahn building with Isamu Noguchi’s Constellation (for Louis Kahn), 1980–83, basalt. Acquired in 1983, gift of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation in honor of Louis I. Kahn and the Kimbell Art Museum. With thanks and goodbye to Shaindy Fenton