Tuesday, July 2, 2013

BEAUTY: Installation--Tomás Saraceno

"in orbit," Tomás Saraceno's latest art installation is on view at the K21 STÄNDEHAUS museum, in Düsseldorf, Germany through the fall of 2014.


From the museum's press release:
"Suspended more than 25 meters above the piazza of the K21 is Tomás Saraceno‘s gigantic installation in orbit. This steel wire construction spans the museum‘s vast glass cupola on three different levels. Positioned within this net structure, which encompasses altogether 2500 m², are half a dozen 'spheres' – inflated spheres having diameters up to 8.5 meters. Visitors have access to this transparent installation, and can move freely between the spheres on all three levels.

in orbit resembles a surreal landscape, is reminiscent of a sea of clouds. Those bold enough to clamber high into the work set beneath the glass cupola perceive the museum visitors far below them from the lofty heights as tiny figures in a model world. Viewed from below or from intermediate levels of the Ständehaus, conversely, the people enmeshed in this net seem to be swimming in the sky.

This floating spatial configuration becomes an oscillating network of relationships, resonances, and synchronous communication. When several people enter the audacious construction simultaneously, their presence sets it into motion, altering the tension of the steel wires and the intervals between the three meshwork levels. Visitors can coordinate their activities within the space, and are able – not unlike spiders in a web – to perceive space through the medium of vibration.

'in orbit' was planned by Saraceno over a period of three years in collaboration with engineers, architects, and biologists, and is his most elaborate installation to date. And although the mesh construction alone weighs 3 tons, and the largest of the „spheres“ 300 kilos, this work – which was adapted with precision to the unique setting of the Ständehaus – seems decidedly lightweight, its fineness and stability calling to mind the structure of a spider‘s web. For many years, the artist has studied the methods by which various species of spider construct their webs, and he incorporates insights into their functionality, beauty, and strength into his own artistic praxis."

http://www.tomassaraceno.com/
http://www.kunstsammlung.de/en/discover/exhibitions/tomas-saraceno.html

1 comment:

mathilda murray said...

thanks for sharing this info!
I am a huge fan of this artist and also here they frequently guve some news about his exhibitions / intallations. .. .
http://betterymagazine.com/news/walking-on-clouds/

i hope i can make it to düsseldorf..