The Sculpture at The Modern That Talks Back at You

This stately, 67-foot-tall structure made from COR-TEN steel stands resolutely outside The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, to which our staff awarded the Best Museum crown this year. The work’s name is Vortex, sculpted by California-born artist Richard Serra and acquired by The Modern in 2002. But its grandiose stature and sweeping, rust-colored design aren’t all that make Vortex so fascinating. The real magic happens when you step inside and look up to the sky above through a small opening at the top of the sculpture. Then, clap your hands or say a word, and listen to the sounds reverberate against the metal.

| photo by Brian Luenser |