Last year, artist Tomás Saraceno stunned and captured audiences with his installation, On Space Time Foam, an interactive membranous structure suspended high above the ground.
This year, Saraceno has once again captured people’s imaginations with yet another floating dreamscape. The Argentinian artist’s latest creation, in orbit, is a vast interactive network of nets and spheres. The three levelled structure, built above the K21 Ständehaus’s piazza, sits more than 25 metres above the ground. Among the structure’s 2500 m2 of steel net are giant inflated spheres, measuring up to 8.5 metres in diameter. Despite the installation’s weightless appearance, in orbit’s net alone weighs 3000 kg and each sphere weighs 300 kg.
To create his spider web-like structure, Saraceno collaborated with engineers, architects, and arachnologists. The whole planning process spanned over three years.
For Saraceno, in orbit is a vast network of communication. As visitors explore the structure, their movements resonate through the net, allowing visitors to perceive space through vibrations, like spiders do.
Additionally, Saraceno’s work reminds him of “models of the universe that depict the forces of gravity and planetary bodies”. He stated that, “[f]or me, the work visualizes the space-time continuum, the three-dimensional web of a spider, the ramifications of tissue in the brain, dark matter, or the structure of the universe. With ‘in orbit,’ proportions enter into new relationships; human bodies become planets, molecules, or social black holes” (Art Daily).
in orbit is expected to be on display at K21 Ständehaus until Fall 2014.
(Read more A&SJ features on Saraceno’s work: here and here)