Tomás Saraceno, the artist who brought us On Space Time Foam, has a new installation at K21 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Named "In Orbit," the artwork consists of 27,000 square feet of netting in three layers suspended 65 feet in the air!
It took three years to design, a process that included consultation with architects, engineers, and even arachnologists–scientists specializing in spiders, and, more importantly their webs.
To call it a spider web on a human scale wouldn’t really be right, though. Saraceno sees the piece as having echoes of all sorts of natural structures, big and small. “When I look at the multilayered levels of diaphanous lines and spheres, I am reminded of models of the universe that depict the forces of gravity and planetary bodies,” he explained of the work. “For me, the work visualizes the space-time continuum, the three-dimensional web of a spider, the ramifications of tissue in the brain, dark matter, or the structure of the universe. With In Orbit, proportions enter into new relationships; human bodies become planets, molecules, or social black holes.”