New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art unveiled the latest in its site-specific summer outdoor commissions yesterday, this one masterminded by French multimedia artist Pierre Huyghe, who is known for work that bridges the worlds of sculpture, photography, and ecological inquiry. If it sounds like heady stuff, it is: Set in the museum's Iris and Gerald B. Cantor rooftop garden, the installation aims to get visitors to think about nearby Central Park's geological history (some 450 million years) via an "excavation" of sorts atop the Met.
Here and there, Huyghe removed concrete roof tiles to expose the gravel and cement underneath, forming a kind of crude, hopscotch-reminiscent grid. Two large boulders of Manhattan schist, the bedrock of the island, sit at either end of the exhibit, one submerged in an aquarium tank (and accompanied, apparently, by several aquatic creatures) and the other placed like a native rock formation. The installation is on view until November 1.