When is a house not a house? When it’s a Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) by Cornelia Parker, site specific installation for summer 2016, Roof Garden of the Metropolitan Museum
When I first saw photos of Cornelia Parker’s Transitional Object in a newspaper, I thought oh no, why do they have to stick an eyesore on the museum’s lovely roof garden. When I went to see it actually I found that it’s an intriguing eyesore, not what I’d like best to see on the roof but it does get you thinking.
Paving stones are uprooted and water is tricking in and around — is the maintenance crew working on a leak? No. This is the new art installation on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum.
Huyghe’ roof garden installation, schist boulder
The site is magnificent, nestled in Central Park and among magnificent New York skyline views, but this installation, which has no title, is dull.
In the midst of it all, there’s a large, unworked boulder of Manhattan schist, the stone that forms the familiar outcroppings in Central Park, and supports Manhattan’s skyscrapers. Some stone dust scattered around the boulder is said to have shaken off during the stone’s transport to the museum, and the artist chose to leave where it settles.