“It’s really disorienting,” New piece of art gives new perspective on Oklahoma City surroundings

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Later this week, Oklahomans will be able to have their heads in the clouds while exploring a new sculpture.

‘Cloud City’ is a 28 foot tall steel and acrylic sculpture that was previously shown on the roof of the New York Met.

It opens to the public on Sept. 8.

“Cloud City is the coolest fun house on the planet,” said Jeremiah Matthew Davis, Oklahoma Contemporary Artistic Director.

The interactive piece of art is something to explore and experience.

“When you first take a step inside the first module, the world almost changes around you,” Davis said.

It is being displayed at Campbell Art Park next to Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center at N.W. 11th and Broadway.

“It’s really disorienting. You really have to have your wits about you as you climb through,” Davis said.

There are 16 interconnected modules, each the size of a small room, designed to rearrange Oklahoma City’s downtown skyline.

The structure is made of steel and acrylic, both transparent and reflective.

The artist, Thomas Saraceno, calls the piece a “Utopian City in the sky.”

“Saraceno is really writing the cutting edge of research, technology and art right now,” Davis said.

It’s like a psychedelic tree house.

“It’s refracting and reflecting what you’re used to, so you’ll be able to see the buildings around the trees here, the Mercedes dealership, downtown if you look that way but it will be with different angles,” Davis said.

Another unique outlook of the city booming with attractions.

“All the activity that’s going on, economic, cultural activity, it’s just exploding all around us,” Davis said.

Oklahoma Contemporary is looking for volunteers to help with tours since seven people must staff Cloud City every hour.

This is not an exhibit for small children – you must be four feet or taller to enter.

The exhibition is free to the public and open at certain times Thursday-Sunday until October 16.

For more details, visit oklahomacontemporary.org.

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