In Orbit: Tomás Saraceno at K21 in Düsseldorf

Visionary artist, Tomás Saraceno has created an interactive installation using steel wire and inflated PVC spheres at the K21 museum in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The impressive structure, entitled “In Orbit,” is suspended more than 80 feet in the air above the atrium of the K21 Ständehaus museum.

Visitors can traverse between 6 PVC spheres dotted along an expansive net structure. The delicate appearance of the net is deceiving: the construction weighs 3 tons and the spheres have diameters up to 8.5 meters and weigh up to 300 kilos each.

The installation takes inspiration from new forms of communication and the strength and beauty of spiders’ webs, enabling visitors to sense other people’s movements on the net.

“To describe the work means to describe the people who use it and their emotions,” explains Saraceno.

In Orbit forms part of Saraceno’s large-scale project Air-Port-City, exploring future, utopian cities.

For more on our developing relationship and experience of space, see our recent In The Air report, Another Terra. – Babette Radclyffe-Thomas

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