Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, who uses the nearly 8,000-square-foot open-air space (the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) as his canvas, depicts his emotional response to violence occurring in Pakistan and across the globe, by working areas with blood-like spilled and splattered red acrylic paint into patterns of lush ornamental leaves that evoke the luxuriant walled gardens that are ubiquitous in miniatures of the Mughal court and also echo the foliage of Central Park surrounding the Roof Garden. Qureshi is the first artist to create a work that is be painted directly onto the roof’s surface of the museum, encouraging visitors to walk on it as they view it. - Photos and text by AFP

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi
Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi's creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission, in New York.
Qureshi speaks to journalists as he stands on his creation.
Qureshi speaks to journalists as he stands on his creation.
Qureshi speaks about his creation.
Qureshi speaks about his creation.

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Open Minded
May 16, 2013 05:13am
great work. Pakistan being recognized in a good way interanationall! :) Proud of you :)
May 15, 2013 04:17am
That's Y i believe , there are so many reasons to believe in Pakistan . Pakistan is proud of Imran and his efforts!
May 15, 2013 12:45am
Imran Qureshi Zindabad.
May 16, 2013 08:16am
We are here not to talk about india , talking about pakistani artist who has done a good job ! and btw india is not a oood example , if you need an example i suggest you look at china .
Jimmy Khan
May 15, 2013 09:47pm
Imran Qureshi for president!
May 16, 2013 07:01am
Pakistanis blood has become cheaper than water. Everyday so many Pakistanis are victims of terrorism, but the West is calling us terrorists. Imran maybe portraying the same to the world who may act for peace in the region.
May 15, 2013 05:33pm
Excellent Imran thank you for showing the creative side of Pakistan.
May 14, 2013 04:11pm
Brilliant...Imran has made Pakistan proud.
Syed Arbab Ahmed (@SyedArbabAhmed)
May 15, 2013 05:56am
Sad, that we portray always bad image of Pakistan then what we can expect from others? Just have a look on India they always highlight good things of India
May 15, 2013 07:17am
yeah, this represents that we cant think outside the box. Its not about how good this painitng is or what colors are used on this rooftop piece, its just we are are stuck to see the same thing again and again, in real life or in art. Unfortunatly, its only negativity I see here. Blood, murder, killing, no hope for future, dead minds, dead bodies, dead hopes. Really depressing, really disappointing.