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The artistâ€™s first major U.S. commission lands at the Met
On Monday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art held a preview of the latest installation to take root in its Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Designed by TomÃ¡s Saraceno, the installation is the largest of the artistâ€™s Cloud Cities/Airport Cities series, and his first major commission in the United States. Under overcast skies and a sprinkling of rain, the installationâ€™s first visitorsâ€”or at least those wearing rubber-soled shoesâ€”clamored through its 16 interconnected modules. Some paused to sit or lie in the structureâ€™s uppermost areas, while others were content to view the constellation of mirrored acrylic forms and nylon webs from the ground. The experience of boarding the structure is disorienting, and the piece gives visitors the impression that it would float away from the rooftop and over Central Park if not tethered to the Met by steel cables.