- Larry Shank’s bronze satyr “Randy” welcomes visitors to Proof on Main at the 21c Museum Hotel. Credit: © KENNETH HAYDEN 2008
If you’ve ever wanted to curl up and fall asleep in a museum, now’s your chance. Louisville, Ky.’s 21c Museum Hotel pairs luxury furnishings with a $10 million world-class contemporary art collection. Many of the pieces are from the private holdings of owners Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson.
Oversized red plastic penguins meet you outside. Provocative sculptures by Judy Fox congregate behind the reception desk. A playful bronze satyr by Larry Shank greets you at the hotel’s upscale bar and restaurant, Proof on Main. Art is found near elevators, in bathrooms, on balconies— in every room. In short, 21c is a livable museum.
The hotel is also home to the 21c Museum, a 9,000-square-foot contemporary art museum funded and managed by the International Contemporary Art Foundation, and dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art of the 21st century. A permanent exhibition includes Camille Utterback and Romy Achituv’s “Text Rain,” an interactive video installation that allows participants to lift and play with falling letters.
And if that’s not enough, 21c Austin is set to open in 2010, just one of 15 21c hotels Brown and Wilson plan to open across the country. Louisville room rates range from $199-$499. For more information, visit www.21cmuseumhotel.com.