Friday, June 15, 2012

WEEKEND DESTINATION-TOMAS SARACENO AT THE MET

You know it's almost summer when the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens up its fabulous Roof Garden once again, complete with stunning views of Central Park, a sunny lounge area and cocktail bar, and of course, the Met's annual rooftop art installation. Past installations have included renowned artists Jeff Koons, Sol LeWitt, Frank Stella, and Doug and Mike Starn, whose  larger than life "Big Bambu" installation I climbed last year.

This year's soaring two story installation is the work of Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno,  whose new, perspective-skewing installation, has been named Cloud City. The impressive steel and glass piece is constructed from a series of interlocking modules, with a combination of transparent and reflective panels on the walls and a series of staircases that link the modules together. It reminded me a bit of a hall of mirrors because it was difficult to determine which way to turn and which side was up. I opted out of entering Cloud City, preferring to enjoy the experience from the safety of my bench, margarita in hand.  But even if you don't get to climb into Cloud City, you can totally appreciate the effect just by walking around the structure and trying to figure out what each side is reflecting, and how it relates to the people walking around inside. It's an amazing experience and a must to visit if you're in the city this summer. Metropolitan Museum of Art, through Nov 4th.

12 comments:

I Dream Of said...

The rooftop of the Met in the summer is one of my favorite places in the world! And what a wonderful installation this year. Like you, though, I think I would rather just look at it from a bench with a margarita in hand! Have a lovely weekend, Barbara! XO

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Would love to visit the garden, but I would also be on the bench!
Thank you for sharing.
Teresa
xoxo

pretty pink tulips said...

Better get my self into town!!!!

xoxo Elizabeth

Annemarie @ Brunch at Saks said...

This is beautiful! Would love to visit there, too!

xo Brunch at Saks

helen tilston said...

This is spectacular and I have been on the roof before for previous installations and it is a haven of peacefullness.

I hope to be in NYC soon

Many thanks for showing Tomas Saracen's marvelous instellation.

Helen xx

helen tilston said...

This is spectacular and I have been on the roof before for previous installations and it is a haven of peacefullness.

I hope to be in NYC soon

Many thanks for showing Tomas Saracen's marvelous instellation.

Helen xx

michele said...

ooooh i'd like to visit! so cool.

smiles.

michele

Ispirato Design said...

Wow- I want to go check it out! It sounds like fun :)

Donna Vining said...

This is absolutely amazing!! I've never been to the MOMA in the summer to view the artists on the roof. I must try to get there to see this spectacular piece of art!!! Thanks so much for sharing Barbara!! Have a great weekend!

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Taylor Greenwalt said...

It looks interesting. Wish I could visit it.

Punctuation Mark said...

i can't believe i didnt make it there when i was in the city... ugh!

Garden, Home and Party said...

Barbara,
This is a beautiful as it is interesting. Our oldest son lived in NY for 2 years and now lives in Austin. I miss my visits to NY...thanks for providing a little glimpse into what is going on.
Karen