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Features

Mariko Mori's Wave UFO

IBM ATRIUM

by KEN JOHNSON

Within the spacious atrium of the IBM Building in the heart of Manhattan— a corporate environment of straight lines, plate glass and potted plants— Mariko Mori's Wave UFO seemed a miraculous, apparition. A pearlescent teardrop the size of a small whale on a circular suction cup-like base and an ocular door like a giant eye, it might have dropped in from a Steven Spielberg movie.

No extraterrestrial visitors emerged from this ethereal pod, however, Rather, earthlings with sensors glued to their foreheads by technicians in white…

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