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A view of Situ Studio’s “reOrder” at Brooklyn Museum (image via Brooklyn Museum)

The Brooklyn Museum‘s newly renovated Great Hall is filled with pirouetting abstract figures made of billowing cloth. This architectural ballet is Brooklyn architecture firm Situ Studio’s reOrder, an installation inspired by hoop skirts, but blown up to enormous proportions. reOrder is now on display at the museum, through January 15 2012.

When we first reported on reOrder, Situ Studio partner Bradley Samuels told us that the firm worked to introduce “another scale to this space … The profile of the columns create more intimate spaces within the original.” It looks like the strategy of breaking up the Brooklyn Museum’s stiff Beaux-Arts space with off-kilter angles and exaggerated, informal shapes is paying off for Situ, turning an intimidating arena into a social space.

Situ Studio also has a great documentary video on the construction of the installation, including time-lapse shots and details of the columns’ component parts:

More photos of the final installation can be seen on the museum’s Flickr page or below. The Wall Street Journal also created a cool infographic of the material needed to make the installation. Events will be hosted in the Great Hall and among Situ’s reOrder columns, so keep up with the Brooklyn Museum’s schedule for details. On April 16, Situ will give a talk on their installation.

Situ Studio’s “reOrder” at the Brooklyn Museum (all images via Brooklyn Museum)

Situ Studio’s “reOrder” at the Brooklyn Museum

Situ Studio’s “reOrder” at the Brooklyn Museum

Infographic on materials it took to create “reOrder” (image via

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Kyle Chayka

Kyle Chayka was senior editor at Hyperallergic. He is a cultural critic based in Brooklyn and has contributed to publications including ARTINFO, ARTnews, Modern Painters, LA Weekly,...