54 ft. long x 29 ft. high
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rooftop – Until November 2012
IT’S CLOUD CITY.
It’s the new installation on the roof of the MET.
It’s might be true that every time you look at a landscape, you see something different. If you think you’ve seen the skyline of NYC, think again. Tomas Saraceno’s Cloud City is a exuberant burst of joy that makes us experience the lightness of being.
“What inspired me was the geometry of the soap bubbles or the foam, of how they connect one sphere to the other, or they could be the bubbles that form when you drink chocolate milk from a bottle.” Tomas Saraceno
But in order to experience Cloud City climb* into the sculpture. That changes everything.
I always assumed that walking on clouds would feel like floating. The structure of Cloud City may relate to the geometry of bubbles, but being inside this sculpture is the unease of seemingly walking on a weightless surface. Maybe that is what walking on clouds is like.
I descended slowly, unsure of my next step. As my foot touched the roof deck, I was happy to be back on terra firma.
*The tickets to climb into Cloud City are free. They can be obtained on the 4th Floor near the roof elevator. The tickets are a timed entry. I advise going to get your tickets first and then going up to the roof. Sneakers are required to climb the sculpture and all belongings, including your cell phone and camera are required to be locked up on the 4th floor as well.
Artist as Innovator:
Visions of a Floating City
A 2012 World Science Festival Event
Thursday, May 31, 6pm, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Met
Featuring: Tomas Saraceno, Peter Jager, Mario Livio, Chris McKay, Mark Wigley