NEW YORK, NY.- Artist Tomás Saracenos Cloud City, a large constellation of 16 interconnected modules composed specifically for The Metropolitan Museum of Arts Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, will open to the public on May 15, 2012. Measuring 54 feet long by 29 feet wide by 28 feet high, this site-specific work, inspired by multiple phenomena and structures (including clouds, bubbles, bacteria, foam, universes, and social and neural communication networks), showcases the artists bold and ambitious vision. Habitat-like, incorporating transparent and reflective materials, the work will also be accessible for visitorsin limited numbers, weather permitting, by timed-ticket entryto experience its interior realms and exterior vistas via an internal route. Set against Central Park, Manhattans skyline, and the expanse of space above and beyond, the installation Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud Citypart of the artists series Cloud Cities/Air Port Citysuggests a model for living, interaction, and social exchange. This is be the 15th consecutive single-artist installation for the Museums Cantor Roof Garden. Cloud City is the artists first major commission in the United States.
Visitors may enter and walk through these habitat-like, modular structures grouped in a nonlinear configuration. Over the past decade, Saraceno has established a practice of constructing habitable networks based upon complex geometries and interconnectivity that merge art, architecture, and science. The multidisciplinary project Cloud Cities/Air Port City is rooted in the artists investigation of expanding the ways in which we inhabit and experience our environment.
According to artist Tomás Saraceno: Upside down, Central Park is a flying garden embedded in a cumulus cloud, mirrored buildings and skies appear under your feet, gravity seems to reorient itself, and people are multiplied in patchworks of cloudscape, forming unexpected interconnected networks
Cloud City is an invitation to perceive simultaneously a multiplicity of realities, making overlapping and multireflective connections between things, affecting and challenging our perceptions. Cloud City is a vehicle for our imagination, ready to transport us beyond social, political, and geographical states of mind.
Saraceno envisions floating or flying cities that defy traditional notions of space, time, and gravity. He challenges the boundaries of earthly living and explores the possibility of airborne habitation. The multidisciplinary project is rooted in the artists inventive exploration of new ways of inhabiting our environment, drawing on principles of architecture and engineering, physics and chemistry, aeronautics, and the social world, inspired by sustainable visions for future communities. His projects construct interdependent spaces that emphasize the ecological character of natural environments and social spaces. Inspired by an interest in changing the way we live and experience reality, each work is an invitation to conceive of alternative ways of understanding and interacting with others. Concurrently, Saraceno appeals to the creative faculty of his viewers, involving them in situations and actions that demand their ingenuity, participation, and responsibility.
Born in Tucamán, Argentina, in 1973, Saraceno has exhibited internationally. His most recent solo exhibition, Cloud Cities, was on view at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin through January 15 of this year. His work Galaxies forming like water droplets along a spiders web filled the main hall of the central exhibition pavilion of the 2009 Venice Biennale. Also in 2009 he was awarded the Calder Prizepresented biannually to a living artist who has produced innovative work early in his or her careerand participated in the International Space University SSP09 program at NASA.Ames. The artist lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.