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Cities in the Sky: Installations by Tomas Saraceno


An installation featuring nets strong enough to support human weight, high above the groundIn Orbit, installation

Tomas Saraceno was trained as an architect, a fact which instantly becomes clear upon viewing his works. He creates large, interactive installations that are like cities in the sky.

 

His recent installation, In Orbit, comprises a network of white mesh nets and mirrored globes suspended high above a gallery space. Viewers can walk over and through the different levels of netting, creating the feeling of walking on air. I love the way this netted, architectural aesthetic carries through into so many of Saraceno’s works – in Cloud Cities, cellular clusters of plastic bubbles infiltrate a natural park skyline, or, in another iteration of the same work, metal and glass polyhedrons rise over the roof of a building.

 


An installation made from a massive, segmented clear plastic bubbleOn Space Time Foam

Saraceno’s works explore alternate ways of living in a speculative future. They are also celebrations of natural form, emulating the appearance of soap bubbles, microscopic organisms, and even spider webs. 


A sculptural installation made to emulate the morphology of spider webs14 Billion


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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