The last time I worked at the Met was in 2005. I carved 3 over life-sized sculptures for the Russian Opera "Mazeppa". The floor was crowded with furniture so I asked to have it moved so there'd be more room to work. A co-worker whispered that it couldn't be done because the furniture was being built "on the QT" for none other than the Met's Director, Peter Gelb. This is the guy who promised to put an end to "personal home projects" built at the expense of the Metropolitan Opera.