Active Inspiration: Tomás Saraceno on the Roof

Art likes to go outdoors during the summer, as most of us do. The Metropolitan Museum  in New York will open its rooftop for the art world’s annual warm weather welcome tomorrow at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden.

With today’s overcast weather, arriving at the Rooftop this morning was more refreshing than the usual hot-glared mix, and with the invitation to explore we were ready to start our week with a climb!  Tomas Saraceno’s vision of a habitat set against the expansive Manhattan skyline is a bit overpowering (the mirrored effect combined with the glass floors can cause some confusion in terms of defining the ground and sky) but the patchwork combination of the park and surrounding cityscape is woven together so well you can’t not appreciate the view.

This year’s rooftop instillation shares similarities with previous pieces, drawing out a strong appreciation for natural, uninhibited environments. The Starn Brother’s Big Bambu of ’10 and Roxy Paine’s stainless steel tree thicket of ’09 share this link. The Active Team loves this annual approach to bridging interest in contrasting landscapes, and this year did not disappoint with the added interactive perk.

Cloud City will be on view (weather permitting) starting May 15th to November 4th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  -Calvy Click

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