Cloud Cities

Posted by on October 10, 2011

I might have to find a way to get to Berlin this fall…

In Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof (a former railway station) Tomás 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.

And the best part is, this particular dreamscape is interactive.  You can bounce on and in the bubbles!  All the orbs are interconnected, so if someone is pulling on one, they all move.  It’s a reminder about how all organic material and life affects one another.
From the museum website:
“Tomás Saraceno’s installations shatter traditional concepts relating to place, time, gravity and traditional ideas as to what constitutes architecture. His works are utopian and invite the viewer to play a part in their impact on a particular space, as they reach up to the sky and down to the ground. The artist creates gardens that hang in the air and allow visitors to float in space, fulfilling a dream shared by all humankind.”  This series of bubbles are a vision of a utopian world with plants, water, air, and people all interacting.

In poking around on Tomás Saraceno’s website, it looks like he has been doing this kind of thing for a while, but this appears to be the largest instillation to date.
If you’re in Berlin, or are going to be, please go see this.  I probably won’t be able to.  Cloud Cities will be at the Hamburger Bahnof (Museum of Contemporary Art) until January 15, 2012.

It is beautiful and amazing and awe inspiring.

Tomás Saraceno’s website.  All photos from here and here.

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