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On the estate is work by Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Jasper Johns, John Chamberlain, Bruce Nauman, George Segal and many others.
Over the years, many of these artists visited the couple, turning their home into a sort of suburban art colony. In an ongoing initiative to continue this creativity, each season the Glass House is commissioning six artists and designers to create limited-edition pieces available for purchase in their shop. (This year's participants include Yves Behar, Jessica Kagan Cushman, Frances Palmer, Josh Jakus, Jens Risom and Julius Shulman.) In addition, in 2008 the site will launch the Glass House Residential Fellowships to nurture young architects, artists and preservation specialists.
"The place is a work of art, and it contains other works of art, but it also contains other aspects of architectural history," Lewis says. "The whole thing is designed to be an architectural installation, and it was placed in a carefully conceived landscape that Johnson would've considered the greatest work of art."