Friday, May 18, 2012

Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: "Cloud City" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

















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A new site-specific rooftop installation was unveiled recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Argentina-born artist Tomás Saraceno (born in  1973) has created "Cloud City," a constellation of large, interconnected modules constructed with transparent and reflective materials for the Met's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Visitors may enter and climb through these habitat-like, modular structures grouped in a nonlinear configuration. Free timed-entry tickets are required to climb through the structure, but no tickets are required to view the structure from the outside. The tickets are available at the fourth floor. Over the years, Saraceno has mastered construction of complicated networks based upon geometry and interconnectivity that merge art, architecture, and science.

“The work of art seems to hover over Central Park, Fifth Avenue, embedded into a weightless cloudscape—overlapped, multiplicity, mixed ascendance, and/or divergent-but-coexistent patterns of relationships, happening simultaneously…There are connections and relations and you do not appear to be where you are,” Saraceno writes in his statement to accompany the installation. (Information and video obtained from the Met website). 

1 comment:

Glenwood NYC said...

A wonderful post about Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud City. We've seen so many images of the highly anticipated installation and we still can't get over just how spectacular it is. Saraceno is expected to create more installations like this, correct? We'd love to see a 'Cloud City' in Barcelona or Paris--think of the views!