By Vida Denning
Gardens are places of peace and tranquillity and the roof garden perched on top of the finest art museum in the world is certainly earns the name of garden art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is amongst the most prestigious of museums in the world. Located in New York’s Central Park, which is known for it’s skyscrapers and close knit buildings, the museum is placed such that it’s garden offers some of the most spectacular views of the Big Apple.
Visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art can take in the priceless paintings by some of the old grand masters of art such as Picasso and the newer fine art generation such as Sol Lewitt. Many single art exhibits are often held on the terraced garden, which is situated on the roof of the museum. The skyline backdrop adds to the spectacular exhibits such as the one by Tom Saraceno, which was based on perception.
Regarded as the best view in Manhattan, the roof garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art was a gift from Iris and B. Gerald Cantor, philanthropist and founder of Cantor Fitzgerald, a securities firm. Opened on August 1, 1987, the rooftop garden has become a popular hive of activity particularly in the summer months when the restaurant opens its doors and visitors relax and enjoy beverages while taking in the view and art exhibit of the month.
Not only frequented by art lovers, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a popular spot for romantic dates in the summer. New York Magazine labelled the museum as one of the finest spots in Manhattan to meet new people. Many visitors to the initial opening of the roof garden were captured by the modern metal sculpture ‘Becca’ by David Smith, and Louis Bourgeois’ ‘Eyes,’ but even the most steadfast of art enthusiasts admitted that the scenery and skyline are some of the best art they’ve seen in the city.
Security guards at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are also very educated on the exhibits and are trained to answer all questions by visitors, but security guard on the roof garden, Michael O’Connor, says he gets questions all the time about the garden, and not the art. People ask him about the scenery and to point out different locations of the view, such as the building John Lennon lived in.
Those who go there for the art are pleasantly stunned with visiting the roof garden. The $2 million garden and exhibition is surrounded by planters of Japanese yews, and paved with stunning white flagstones offset against the exhibits. The Cantor’s who gifted the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the garden have been exceptionally generous in their philanthropic endeavours as they added some of their impressive private art collection to the 19th Century sculpture gallery, on loan.
If you’re visiting New York for even one day, it really is worth the while to take in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it’s staggering roof garden and impressive art collection because you’re not going to experience a place like this anywhere else in the world.
Vida Denning is a freelance writer who enjoys researching and writing on a wide variety of topics. Her research into flat roof repairs brought this garden art to her attention.