Cloud City | Tomás Saraceno

Between May 15, 2012– and November 4, 2012 (weather permitting), Artist Tomás Saraceno (born in Tucumán, Argentina, in 1973) will create a constellation of large, interconnected modules constructed with transparent and reflective materials for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY. The installation entitled ‘cloud city’ is a geodesic dome that has been built from sixteen interconnected modules in the museum’s iris and b. gerald cantor roof garden measuring fifty-four feet long, twenty-nine feet wide and twenty-eight feet high. The angular and bubbled form of the piece is comprised of glass segments cut in non-identical geometric shapes held in place by steel joints, reinforcements and steel cables.

Photos © Tomás Saraceno

Although Mr. Saraceno lives and works in Frankfurt, where he has been consumed with the making of this version of “Cloud City” for two years, he makes regular visits to New York. He arrived two weeks ago and has been scouting views from Central Park, where he walks every day. His installation is a bit like a sundial, he said: “You will be able to tell time when the light hits the windows at certain points.”

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