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Installation view of Héctor Zamora (b. 1974, Mexico), The Roof Garden Commission: Héctor Zamora, Lattice Detour, 2020. Courtesy of the Artist. Image credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Anna-Marie Kellen

Check out the new rooftop installation on top of The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

The outdoor piece by Mexican artist Hector Zamora turns the idea of "the wall" on its head.

Shaye Weaver
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Soon enough, New Yorkers will return to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's rooftop garden to take in views of Central Park and art set to a NYC sunset.

Starting August 29, the Met's Roof Garden commission, Lattice Detour by Lisbon-based Mexican artist Héctor Zamorawill be open to the public.

The piece is a wall made of terra cotta bricks from Mexico that was built by Mexican and Latin American brick layers. Each brick was constructed so viewers can see through its middle, so when you stand on one side of it, you can still see the skyline. When the sun hits it, its shadow is a latticed pattern on the ground. 

Met Rooftop
Installation view of Héctor Zamora (b. 1974, Mexico), The Roof Garden Commission: Héctor Zamora, Lattice Detour, 2020. Courtesy of the Artist. Image credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Anna-Marie Kellen

Lattice Detour isn't subtle. It alludes to the infamous wall the Trump Administration has promised to build along the southern border and it aims to reflect the divisions in society over immigration but it also shows that we are all connected.

"It's a simple gesture to put a big wall on the Roof Garden," Zamora said during a Wednesday preview of the piece. "It's a reflection about something that is now part of our culture. It's not a coincidence [the wall's] layers were made by Mexicans and Latino Americans. It is quite symbolic and important in this specific time."

Last year, the Roof Garden commission was Polish artist Alicja Kwade's "Parapivot," a pair of pieces that evoked the Solar System.

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