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Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted (Credit: Getty Images)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission, in Manhattan. (May 13, 2013)

Metropolitan Museum of Art rooftop: Imran Qureshi opens exhibit

Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, who uses the nearly 8,000-square-foot open-air space 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.

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted
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Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission, in Manhattan. (May 13, 2013)

Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, on his creation, painted
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Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, on his creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission. (May 13, 2013)

Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi speaks to journalists as
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Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi speaks to journalists as he stands on his creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission, in Manhattan. (May 13, 2013)

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Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted
(Credit: Getty Images)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission, in Manhattan. (May 13, 2013)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted
(Credit: Getty Images)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission, in Manhattan. (May 13, 2013)

Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi stands on his creation,
(Credit: Getty Images)

Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi stands on his creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission, in Manhattan. (May 13, 2013)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted
(Credit: Getty Images)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission, in Manhattan. (May 13, 2013)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted
(Credit: Getty Images)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission, in Manhattan. (May 13, 2013)

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Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted
(Credit: Getty Images)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission, in Manhattan. (May 13, 2013)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted
(Credit: Getty Images)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission, in Manhattan. (May 13, 2013)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted
(Credit: Getty Images)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission, in Manhattan. (May 13, 2013)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted
(Credit: Getty Images)

Visitors view Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi creation, painted on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during a preview of the annual Met's Roof Garden commission, in Manhattan. (May 13, 2013)

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