Tomás Saraceno’s “Cloud Cities” — most recently featured at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin — is a collection of geometric, inflated shapes that challenge our notions of space, place, gravity and future.
Each of the cloud city-pods is suspended in the air at various heights, and is dotted with succulent plants or lined with symmetrical string patterning. Two of the pods in this pseudo-biosphere are accessible to the public. Guests may climb a ladder to tread upon the diameter of the sphere or choose to rest on the moss-covered floor of the dome.
Saraceno’s installation is driven by his interest in utopian theory. He works in different media and is interested in our present and future living environment. He draws inspiration from soap bubbles, dust particles that float in the air, spider webs, and visionary figures such as Buckminster Fuller.
Tomás Saraceno was born in 1973 in Tucuman / Argentina. He currently lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
His next exhibition will be in New York at the Met.
Text & subject by Beth Lauck