stanchion ˈstan-chən noun
: any vertical post or rod used as a support or barrier
The word stanchion has appeared in eight articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Sept. 21 in “Glenstone, a Private Art Xanadu, Invests $200 Million in a Public Vision” by Robin Pogrebin:
Glenstone aims to admit about 400 people a day, to ensure that visitors can have a contemplative experience. Instagram photos are discouraged indoors, where the space has a naturally lit, Zen-like serenity, with benches for resting designed by Mr. Puryear and meandering paths.
Indeed, the collectors said they wanted plenty of breathing room — no “Mona Lisa” crowds or selfie sticks, very little wall text and no stanchions forcing people to keep their distance from the art. The message to visitors is clear. “Look — really use your eyes,” Ms. Rales said. “Allow that to be your primary experience.”