Cloud City: A Spectacular Sculptural Constellation of Mirrors and Steel

Yesterday, atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, artist and architect Tomas Saraceno debuted his most recent work: Cloud City. A spectacular sculptural constellation, Cloud City is a mirrored fun house of geodesic pods, open to the public, with a number of prime vantage points for taking in the expansive Manhattan skyline and greenery of Central Park.

Cloud City: A Spectacular Sculptural Constellation of Mirrors and Steel

The structure weighs approximately 20 tons and is anchored to the museum's roof by a complex rigging of steel cables.

Cloud City: A Spectacular Sculptural Constellation of Mirrors and Steel

Cloud City can accomodate 15 people at a time, 13 museum patrons and 2 Met monitors. Rubber-bottom shoes are mandatory.

Cloud City: A Spectacular Sculptural Constellation of Mirrors and Steel

The artist took as his inspiration a number of natural phenomenon, including: clouds, bubbles, bacteria, foam, universes, and social and neural communication networks.

[Inhabitat ]