'Psycho' barn now on display at Metropolitan Museum of Art rooftop

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Lauren Glassberg has the story of an ominous addition to the New York skyline atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

There's a new, ominous addition to the Manhattan skyline and it sits right on top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"I thought, how can you compete with the view," said Cornelia Parker, the artist.

So instead of competing with it Parker decided to add to it.

"People come to the roof to look at the view and I thought I can make an incongruous object to set with the view so it became part of the skyline of New York," Parker said.

Incongruous indeed.

"It goes from a beautiful view to, what's that?" a museumgoer said.

Technically, it's nearly 30-foot high sculpture inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper and the Red Barns of America.

The wood all from an old barn upstate and is assembled to look exactly like that spooky house from the film "Psycho" by Alfred Hitchcock.

"He comes from Leytonstone in London which is where I lived for 10 years so perhaps I was channeling Hitchcock," Parker said.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art commissioned the piece specifically for its roof.

It's titled transitional object, "PsychoBarn".

"Cornelia takes found objects and transforms them, squashes, explodes, imbues them with a new story into these objects," said Beatrice Galilee, MET curator.

Sneak around to the back and you'll see it's really just a set, propped up and stabilized, and for one photographer, a perfect backdrop for a shoot.

"I thought it would be kind of surreal with the old school house that she went for with this modern beautiful skyline, so I just thought it would be beautiful," the photographer said.

And to add to the experience there are specialty cocktails inspired by "Psycho" like "Crime of Passion".

"I think it's really important for us that this site, although providing a beautiful view, provides something unique," Galilee said.

The exhibition runs through Halloween.

For more information please visit: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2016/cornelia-parker
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