Mexican artist Héctor Zamora has created a perforated brick wall to frame views of New York City’s skyline for an installation on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Zamora created the design, Lattice Detour, with a gridded brick wall that is 11 feet (3.3 metres) tall on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known at The Met.
The wall gently curves in an arch and spans approximately 100 feet (30 metres) in length.
Lattice Detour is built with terracotta brick made from Mexican earth laid out a lattice-like construction with thousands of hollow squares to frame views of the city skyline and Central Park.
Zamora referenced the perforated screens found in Middle Eastern and African architecture to create the design. Known as celosía walls, the dividers are often made with natural materials and provide ventilation and shade naturally.
“Using modest material, Hector Zamora’s Lattice Detour interrupts and refocuses how visitors interact with this beloved space, situated atop The Met and surrounded by the Manhattan skyline, creating a meditation on movement, transparency, and interference,” said The Met director Max Hollein.
“Manifesting itself as a protective wall, curved artwork, and permeable screen, Lattice Detour is a transformative, charged, and timely intervention,” he added.
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