By the Numbers and Fun Facts: Dia:Beacon Turns 10

The Beacon art museum celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013

This May marked the beginning of Dia:Beacon’s yearlong 10th anniversary celebration. Originally home to a 1929 Nabisco box printing factory, the brick, steel, concrete, and glass building was donated to the Dia Art Foundation in 1999. With the help of American artist Robert Irwin and architecture firm OpenOffice, the space was transformed into a contemporary art museum, uniquely designed with high ceilings and massive skylights to house large-scale works and take advantage of natural lighting. Following the ambitious renovation, the building was listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. In addition to gaining national recognition, the two-level riverfront facility, which boasts art exhibitions, performances, and educational programs, has become the heart of Beacon culture since it opened in 2003. In commemoration of its first successful decade, the museum offers a number of community free days, gallery talks, and other special events through spring 2014.

Here’s a look at Dia:Beacon by the numbers:

292,000 Size of the museum, in square feet

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5 Walking travel time from Beacon train station, in minutes

65,000 People who visit each year

20 Weight, in tons, of each rolled steel plate in Richard Serra’s Torqued Ellipses sculpture series  

22 Exhibition galleries

5,040 Envelopes artist Alighiero e Boetti sent to himself from various cities in Italy, currently on display as part of his installation

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60 Number of sawtooth skylights in the facility, each measuring 60-70 feet long, providing a grand total of…

34,000 Square feet of skylight space

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