Artist Diana Al-Hadid's Stairway to Heaven

Diana Al-Hadid’s Record of a Mortal Universe (2007).Image courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York.

Diana Al-Hadid's classically derelict Record of a Mortal Universe is visually captivating, architecturally complex, and physically enticing. But if you think you can just hop on this avant-garde edifice to, you know, play, you're wrong. Trust us — we asked. Al-Hadid's work is up at Chelsea's Perry Rubenstein Gallery through November 21. —Rachel Wolff