Buildings made of sky

Walking through Manhattan with Peter Wegner

by Serena L. Rosato
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PHOTOGRAPHY_ "Walking down the street in New York one day, I glanced up and saw an invisible building suspended between the others. It was upside down, the color of air. A few steps later, it disappeared. Then, around the next corner, I saw another building like the first. I felt that I had stumbled upon a secret city, luminous and strange." (Peter Wegner)



Peter Wegner first exhibited work from this series in 2004. Here’s what he wrote about it at the time: 

"here are two Manhattans. One is a city of tall buildings; the other is a city of no buildings. This city begins where the architecture leaves off. It’s a city cast in the die of Manhattan, a perfect complement to the built city, a kind of anti-Manhattan. This parallel city has an architecture all its own. It is the architecture of air, the space defined by the edges of everything else, its map redrawn by pigeons and pedestrians, barricades and scaffolding, cranes, trucks, taxis. It’s the city we assume but cannot name. In this city, the buildings are made of sky. It’s the Manhattan that isn’t – without which there could be no Manhattan. My project has since grown to include other cities. But the point remains the same, what the poet John Ashbery has called “a nothingness of sky.” If you believe in nothingness, prefer it, the buildings reveal themselves: buildings made of sky." 



Peter Wegner is an American artist and graduate of Yale University. Wegner works across a wide range of media. He is now best known for his large scale installations. Described by one curator of architecture as “a protean artist,” Wegner also creates paintings, sculptures, books, drawings and photographs. His work often engages with architectural issues and materials.

His work can be found be in many museums, including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York NY; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York,NY; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco,CA; The Museum der bildenden Kunste Leipzig, Leipzig DE; and The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven,CT.
Work from the series BUILDINGS MADE OF SKY is currently on view at the John Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, and was recently exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA. In 2012, Wegner designed a book of this series of photographs for Nazraeli Press, “PETER WEGNER: BUILDINGS MADE OF SKY.”

Wegner also discussed this series, among his other works, in the TEDx talk he delivered in New York:





    • Serena L. Rosato

      Serena L. Rosato


      Bari / Italy

      Architetto per vocazione, web writer per diletto. Progetta spazi e costruisce idee giocando con pixel e inchiostro, occhi curiosi e delicata ironia. Attenta ai dettagli e distratta dalle novità, costantemente alla ricerca della bellezza delle cose. Dichiarata dipendenza da viaggi, musei e scarpe. ____________________________________________________________ Architect by vocation , web writer for pleasure. She designs and builds spaces ideas playing with ink and pixels, curious eyes and de)