‘inflatable sculptures have appeared in Hong Kong as part of a great show called “Inflation!”. The works are scattered about the West Kowloon Cultural District as part of a series of events leading up to the eventual opening of M+, Hong Kong’s new museum in 2017.’
Tomás Saraceno (Argentinian, b. 1973, San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina) - Poetic Cosmos of the Breath installation, 2007 Huge Colorful, Circular Foil Experimental Solar Dome That Was Gradually Filled With Air at Gunpowder Park, Essex, UK, 2007
In one of his most ambitious suspended installations to date, artist Tomás Saraceno (previously) launches visitors at the K21 Staendehaus museum in Düsseldorf more than 65 feet (20 meters) above the main piazza with a taunt, multi-level web of netting. Titled In Orbit the giant interactive piece is constructed from three separate levels of safety nets accessible from various points in the museum separated by enormous PVC balls measuring almost 30 feet (8.5 meters) in diameter. The resulting aerial landscape is an interesting hybrid between science fiction, spider webs, neural pathways and cloud formations.
source: COLOSSAL photo credit: Studio Saraceno & Kunstsammlung NRW
Saraceno has installed over 20 huge spheres suspended at different heights in a network of black mesh. Within each orb is a different organic material like water or plants or air. This work is inspired by soap bubbles and spider webs (and the interaction and juxtaposition). We think of those two items as fragile and delicate, but they are actually extremely flexible and (for the material) super strong.
Artist and architect Tomás Saraceno created a massive layered installation that’s suspended more than 25 meters (approx. 82 feet) in the air of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen museum in Düsseldorf, Germany. In Orbit stretches across the piazza under the mammoth glass ceiling of the K21 Ständehaus with its three levels of steel wire netting. Situated on the three levels are six inflated spheres that range in size, with the largest being 27 feet in diameter.