Take a Peek Inside the Oasis at the Contemporary Art Center’s Contemplation Room

For those days when you want—nay, need—to shut out the entire world, a secluded area of the Contemporary Arts Center’s fifth floor may be your spot. What was a rarely used members’ lounge has become the Contemplation Room, free and open to all. Director Raphaela Platow called in Brazilian artist Sandra Cinto to reimagine the space as she concurrently created a lobby installation in her fantastical, yet somehow natural, landscape style.

Photograph by Maureen France


Cinto’s murals in the room are a melodic wash of blue, interspersed with drawings that evoke a rocky coast with cliffs and plateaus and the burls of tree bark. “Sandra is a passionate proponent of contemplation as a gift we can give others,” says curator Steven Matijcio. “She is also a renowned artist in public spaces, and is well-known for large-scale installations around the world that marry hospitality with elemental aesthetics.”

It’s not just the walls. There’s a “Library of Love,” curated by Cinto with books and book-like objects created by artists, all meditations on the idea of love. There’s also an assortment of teas and handmade mugs, lounger seats with headphones that play meditative sounds ranging from ocean waves to baby noises, and natural light flooding in. Leave your phone and your worries in a locker downstairs, get a key card from the front desk to enter, and shhh.

Photograph by Maureen France

Photograph by Maureen France

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