Tomás Saraceno

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Tomás Saraceno’s work is driven by a close engagement with biological and physical research, which provides the basis for his utopian architectural projects. A major theme in these works is the study of spider webs. In relation to weight, spider silk is four times stronger than steel, and spider silk threads can be stretched many times their length. In preparation for his spectacular web-like construction in orbit located under the dome in the K21 Ständehaus, Saraceno placed different spiders in terrariums in succession, one type after the other. Each different kind of spider spun a new web, integrating its predecessors’ webs and creating hybrid web structures. Spider webs hold a fascination for the artist not only because of their ideal material properties; they are also a symbol of human social behavior and connectivity within society.


making of: Tomás Saraceno "in orbit"