Cornelia Parker erects Psycho house on the roof of the New York Met
- Owen Pritchard
- 26 April 2016
British Artist Cornelia Parker has erected a replica of the house from Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal thriller Psycho on top of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. The commission will be on display, weather permitting, until 31 October this year. The work, titled Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), is a reconstruction of part of the iconic weather boarded mansion, consisting of two facades propped up by scaffolding. The 30ft tall artwork was fabricated from materials salvaged from a deconstructed red barn.
“For this summer’s Roof Garden Commission, Cornelia has developed an astonishing architectural folly,” said Sheena Wagstaff, the Museum’s Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art, “that intertwines a Hitchcock-inspired iconic structure with the materiality of the rural vernacular. Combining a deliciously subversive mix of inferences, ranging from innocent domesticity to horror, from the authenticity of landscape to the artifice of a film set, Cornelia’s installation expresses perfectly her ability to transform clichés to beguile both eye and mind.”
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