Tomás Saraceno in orbit installation at K21 STÄNDEHAUS

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Tomás Saraceno in orbit installation at K21 STÄNDEHAUS

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 PVC 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.

Tomás Saraceno in orbit installation at K21 STÄNDEHAUS

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. Saraceno himself speaks of a new hybrid form of communication.

Tomás Saraceno in orbit installation at K21 STÄNDEHAUS Tomás Saraceno in orbit installation at K21 STÄNDEHAUS Tomás Saraceno in orbit installation at K21 STÄNDEHAUS Tomás Saraceno in orbit installation at K21 STÄNDEHAUS Tomás Saraceno in orbit installation at K21 STÄNDEHAUS Tomás Saraceno in orbit installation at K21 STÄNDEHAUS Tomás Saraceno in orbit installation at K21 STÄNDEHAUS

all images © WILFRIED MEYER courtesy of KUNSTSAMMLUNG NRW

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