23 July 2013

Up On the Roof

Since July is turning into film month around here on the blog, I thought I’d give you a break and post something non-film related.

A few weeks ago I ventured up to the roof of the Met to see their latest installation, “The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi.” At first glance the roof looks like red paint, the colour of blood, has been splashed about indiscriminately. Yet on closer inspection groups of petals and leaves are revealed. 

The Pakistani artist first began working with red acrylic paint a few years ago in response to violence in his country. Qureshi says, "The flowers that seem to emerge from the red paint in my work represent the hope that—despite everything—the people sustain somehow, their hope for a better future.”

I don't know how much of an impact it makes at the Met but the installation was still interesting to see, especially depending on the time of day you go as the perspective changes as shadows fall across the roof. 

 The floral designs are a contrast to the greenery of Central Park below. The view from the roof, by the way, is worth a trip alone. I would have stayed up there longer if it hadn't been so hot.

The installation is available for viewing, weather permitting, through November 3, 2013. For more information, visit here. Photos by Michele.

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