So this is one of those completely abstract textured surfaces. but at least there are two contrasting textures here. It's a close-up section of a roughly human-sized sculpture along the Hudson river made up of (apparently) these little bits of stainless steel welded together into something indescribable - I should take a picture of the piece from a distance or maybe just link to someone else's image. It points North. It's also possible the welding in some parts is just laid on top of a solid sheet of stainless steel.
9/21/2011 Replaced original photo with this version.