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.