Cities in the Sky: Installations by Tomas Saraceno
In 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.
On 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.