Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue, New York
Through November 2. 2014
One of the great gifts bestowed on New York in the summer is the Metropolitan Museum of Artâ€™s roof garden. You are thrust into Olmstedâ€™s Central Park from a promontory surrounded by the perimeter skyline on all sides. The trick with the rooftop art commissions is to play with the space, the views, and theÂ interrelationships between the two. The goal is to make the viewerÂ see them differentlyâ€”you want to feel like the rooftopÂ is your personal terrace in the sky while sharing it with others in a magnificent secret shared space.
Visitors to Chicago’sÂ John Hancock Tower this weekend were, of course, treated to the skyscraperâ€™s stunning views of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago, but the thrill-seekers among them also had another option. On the 94thÂ floor, up to eight people at a time can stand in a glass box that tilts out 20 degrees, dangling them 1,000 feet above the street.
Installation of the first community rooftop garden in the United Statesâ€”UpGardenâ€”is almost complete. Located in the shadow of Seattle’s Space Needle, the project will convert close to 30,000 square feet on the top of the Mercer parking garage into an organic, edible, herb and flower garden with 100 plots for lower Queen Anne neighborhood residents. Landscape architecture firm Kistler Higbee Cahoot is leadingÂ the design, organizing community workshops and construction of the garden with a volunteer crew.