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Museum Tower says changing Nasher's roof best option in glare controversy

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Museum Tower officials unveiled publicly Thursday what they believe will be a fix to the glare from the tower that has made Nasher Sculpture Center officials upset – changing the Nasher's roof.

Under the proposal, the oculi (openings in the screen covering the roof of the Nasher that allows natural light inside) would be recalibrated so the museum would return to "pre-Museum Tower conditions" according to a press release from Museum Tower officials.

Representatives from the Nasher dismissed the proposed solution in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

"The glare from Museum Tower is a problem for the entire Arts District, not just the Nasher Sculpture Center. Recycling the same grossly inadequate and deeply flawed idea in another publicity stunt is not a way to address the problems Museum Tower is causing for the people of Dallas. The bottom line is that the owners of Museum Tower need to fix their building," the Nasher said in a statement.

The Nasher has previously rejected making changes to the roof, which was custom designed to allow natural light into its galleries without damaging any art.

Museum Tower officials say they spent a year and a half working on more than 20 potential solutions and the reconfiguration of the roof was the best option, according to their studies.

The proposal does not address another point of contention between the two – the Nasher's outdoor sculpture garden.

Museum Tower officials said in the release the reflections from the glass tower have no effect on the garden. Nasher officials in the past have disagreed with that claim.

The release said Museum Tower officials presented their findings to representatives of the Nasher in late April and offered to cover the costs of the changes to the roof.

The two have been battling publicly and behind the scenes for more than a year over what to do about the glare from the new 42-story high rise.

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