Cloud City - Design Bureau

Cloud City

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

By Justin Ray

Reminding us a bit of a space station from a 1970s movie, "Cloud City" on the Met's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden directly references sci-fi in its Empire Strikes Back-inspired title. And the piece itself is similarly accessible to the public. Argentine artist Tomas Saraceno has constructed a constellation that has visitors to New York's Met elated. Interconnected polyhedrons made out of steel and plexiglass create a futuristic jungle gym for grown-ups to explore without shame. After all, this is "art."

The 16 small rooms contained in the multidimensional 28-foot-high construction are made of mirrors that distort views both inside and outside the structure. Each of the 15 visitors allowed on the constellation at once become reflections everywhere, even further adding to the anthropomorphic experience. The interactivity recalls “The Bean” in Chicago’s Millenium Park—except much larger.

“Cloud City” follows the artist's exploration of geometry, interconnectedness and reality. The artist often uses architecture and an Alice in Wonderland imagination to explore how we interpret environments. The museum has set up guidelines to ensure that the integrity of the exhibit is preserved for each guest. It will be on display until November 4th. 

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