AO On Site: Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud City on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

July 24th, 2012

All photographs taken by Lisa Marsova for Art Observed

For the past two months, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has housed a sizeable abstract installation by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno on its rooftop terrace.  The structure, titled “Cloud City”, is Saraceno’s first site-specific commission in the United States.  With a production spanning only the past decade, Saraceno is a relative newcomer to the art world, but his interdisciplinary investigations in environment have already generated wide attention.  As a complex fusion of architecture, geometry, and the cosmos, “Cloud City” is a continuation in Saraceno’s study of the overlay of art and science.

Physically, the installation spans a great 54 feet in length, 29 in width, and stands 28 feet tall.  16 irregular glass shapes linked at steel edges and joints build the dome-like body, while their reflective surfaces provide alternating views of the surrounding city.  Visitors who wish to experience yet another perspective are able to climb up and through the structure on separate, timed tours.

Saraceno’s sprawling steel structure will remain at the Met’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden for viewing through November 4.

—L. Marsova

Related Links:

Exhibition Site [The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
Climbing Into the Future, or Just Into an Artist’s Whimsy [NY Times]
Climbing Tomas Saraceno’s Modular Hall of Mirrors on the Met’s Roof [Artinfo]
Tomás Saraceno, the “cloud cities” artist [AMA]
Charles Long: Pet Sounds, Madison Square Park, New York; Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York [Financial Times]
‘We live in a time of transformation': artists reveal vision of future cities [The Guardian]
Spaceship Saraceno lands in New York [World Architecture News]