•In Orbit• ¦ Tomás Saraceno
The enormous installation 'In Orbit' by Tomás Saraceno, entitled “in orbit,” was assembled in the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany, last year. The structure is made of a suspended net at a hight of 20 meters, covering more than 2500 m² and visitors can climb and walk on it as if they are floating. The component was created based on numerous studies of the spider net. Another element that weaves the installation altogether is a series of airfilled PVC spheres. They are impressive for both they size (8.5 m in diameter) and for their weight (up to 300 kg each) and they are interpreted as soap bubbles.
The artist wants to give the impression of lightness, floating space. “When I look at the multilayered levels of diaphanous lines and spheres, I am reminded of models of the universe that depict the forces of gravity and planetary bodies. For 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.”
Photos via tomassaraceno.com
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