|The Barnes Experience in Merion.|
|Barnes Arboreteum: Integral Setting|
|CC Barnes: Night Rendering|
Selective and contemplative viewing will bow to other virtues including convenience, accessibility and enhanced maintenance. The whole shift is fraught with an ambiguity that transcends yard-sign sentiment, gripping video polemics like Art of the Steal, and also the hegemony of philanthropic, corporate and municipal entities who might likely benefit from the inevitable unraveling of Barnes' century-old, suburban fifedom.
This evolution/ devolution of the Barnes may be a good thing. It may be a bad thing. It may make a mockery of trusts, or it may be a practical and dynamic decision based on realities for which Barnes did not live to see and plan for. Barnes was a visionary, but did he see the internet coming and plan accordingly?