I agree with many of your comments about public access to Tate Modern (Letters, AJ 7.6.01), although I feel that this is because of a gross underestimation of visitor numbers (who could have guessed that art could be so popular? ). There certainly are some tight corners when the place is full. This is something that Serota should confront, particularly as it is a problem for curation - the video walkthrough rooms are extremely ill-planned, for example.
Another answer to overcrowding would be to extend the opening hours for each evening (not just Fridays and Saturdays).
With reference to the stairs, I think the central escalators are very elegant and completely in harmony with the building.
Shouldn't they be the central focus, as in some 19th century hotel? The Turbine Hall is a wonderful use of Gilbert Scott's space - it is at the same time monumental (giving one a sense of awe) and tranquil. It works well enough that there are always a great many people gazing into this expanse from the upper floors.
Morris Andre, received on the online Discussion Forum