5/9 12:19 A Dozen Hidden Cameras to Protect Fort St. Clair Building

We’re talking about the pedestrian signal light outside Chihuly Garden and Glass in Potomac, Maryland, but you won’t be impressed. It’s completely hidden. The “no lights allowed” sign posted there says it all: Outside…

5/9 12:19 A Dozen Hidden Cameras to Protect Fort St. Clair Building

We’re talking about the pedestrian signal light outside Chihuly Garden and Glass in Potomac, Maryland, but you won’t be impressed. It’s completely hidden.

The “no lights allowed” sign posted there says it all: Outside the glass museum, a man in a suit sat on scaffolding Thursday as pedestrians walked by, not knowing the area is blocked by scaffolding.

Two of the tallest buildings on land in the U.S. are located in Washington, DC, and Chihuly Garden and Glass opened earlier this year to much fanfare. But the pedestrian signal was installed weeks ago, as construction on buildings outside the museum gets underway.

A spokeswoman from Chihuly Garden and Glass confirmed the light is out, but said the notice that it would be removed was posted on Dec. 30.

The Architectural Record reported that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) was supposed to have a permanent sign outside Chihuly Garden and Glass that shows how to get to the Sign the Time crossing. A WMATA spokesman said that the 20-year-old sign was “noted as low performance” and was replaced with the “no light allowed” sign.

WMATA said the work at the signs was “part of the ongoing WMATA roadway improvements project.”

Chihuly Garden and Glass is a glass and public art museum, with galleries, sculpture and glass art installations. Opened in April, the museum boasts more than 4,000 pendants, bowls, discs, mosaics and other glass artworks from the contemporary glass artist Dale Chihuly.

The museum plans to open shops on the museum’s ground floor. In September, it gave off a more lively atmosphere than the 2001 building that had housed Chihuly’s glass collection. It included dozens of people in thongs dancing and lip-synching to Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” and having fun as the building echoed with the sounds of daily commuters.

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