Monday, April 20, 2009

Sneak Preview: Maelstrom on the Roof

I was walking through the park the other day on my way to the Met, when I noticed a glowing metal structure protruding from the museum's roof. I recognized it immediately as the upcoming installation, Maelstrom, by American artist Roxy Paine. From what I can tell, the sculpture will be captivating — its theme is surely thought-provoking. Set against, and in dialogue with, the greensward of Central Park and its architectural backdrop, this swirling entanglement of stainless- steel pipe showcases the work of an artist keenly interested in the interplay between the natural world and the built environment, as well as the human desire for order amid nature's inherently chaotic processes. ( The museum itself is a man-made juxtaposition to nature, or at least that of Central Park, so the relevance of this piece is not lost on me — I am holding my breath to see it up close!

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