Margaret Miller [Director, Institute for Research in Art] and Sheena Simmons [Curator of Public Art] recently traveled to New York to attend the opening reception of artist Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden.
Each spring, a new installation by a contemporary artist is featured. Prior to Saraceno, Anthony Caro, Doug + Mike Starn, Roxy Paine, Jeff Koons, Frank Stella, Cai Guo-Qiang, Sol Lewitt, Andy Goldsworthy, and Roy Lichtenstein, exhibited on the rooftop. The Archpaper blog, quoted Saraceno as saying:
“Cloud City’s composition is based on a complex three-dimensional geometry from Weaire-Phelan, which is an idealized foam structure resembling the perfect packaging of spheres with a minimal surface and maximum volume. This could be the best possible geometry for connecting solar flying city atmospheres.
From solid to liquid or gaseous—Cloud City’s composition—a latent molecular foam structure with its infinite variations. It is not one precise arrangement (or explanation or size that matters) but rather their potential to be endlessly recombined and reconfigured, depending on the context of its use, and the interaction of their users yet to be discovered.” [Read complete story: Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud City
Saraceno to be Commissioned for Public Art Project at USF
Miller and Simmons attended the exclusive opening reception at the Met because Tomás Saraceno has been commissioned to do a work for the Interdisciplinary Science Teaching and Research Facility (ISA) designed by Yann Weymouth. Weymouth also designed the new Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The site-specific sculpture will be installed in the atrium of the building. The research-based project is still being developed and will draw from various university resources spanning the sciences, arts, and engineering. The project is funded primarily by Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program, and is administered by the USF Institute for Research in Art.
Tomás Saraceno is an Argentinian artist living and working in Frankfurt, and is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York. You can see more photos and video of Saraceno’s Cloud City on the Met website.