Tomás Saraceno: architecture, insects, and the universe

A connection between science, architecture, and the universe isn’t something that is easily found in contemporary art. The capacity to create art out of something that people may view as a scientific project is a part of what makes the work of Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno so valuable and impressive. 

Tomás Saraceno (Argentina, 1973) is an architect that graduated from the National University of Buenos Aires and later decided to approach art with his unique point of view. His projects are characterized by their focus on themes related to nature, the cosmos and our role as humans living on earth. 

Among his most impressive projects, we can find In Orbit. This installation took place in Kunstsammlung museum in Germany and it consists of various webs that imitate those of a spider. From a height of 20 meters, the spectators walk through the webs that at the same time simulate models of the universe and the interconnection between planets, black holes and an infinity of molecules. 

On Space Time Foam is another one of his projects, this time presented in Milán. It consisted of giant plastic sheets that were suspended in the air and where, once again, visitors could climb up and walk through the artwork. From below, it looked as if they were walking in the clouds. Saraceno’s art is focused on creating experiences for the public that encourage reflexion and that allow for a fusion between architecture, science, and art. 

Saraceno worked with MIT as a guest artist with the goal of expanding his investigations regarding meteorology and the possibility to create solar globes for transportation. He also developed his investigation in different types of spiders and how they can transport through the air with their own webs. He was responsible for a new method of scanning spider webs in 3D in order to study them with more detail. Once he saw the architectural brilliance of these as well as its resemblance to structures in space, Saraceno was inspired to create new pieces. 

In his most recent installation “Ciento sesenta y tres mil años luz” (163,000 light years) found in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey (MARCO), Saraceno shares his fascination not only for spiders and their webs but also its resemblance to the cosmos. Within the exposition, we find a movie that lasts exactly 163,000 years, which is the time that it takes light to get to earth from the Great Cloud of Magallanes. Saraceno explains that as we see the movie, we are actually seeing the past. 

Tomás Saraceno is an artist that explores our doubts of existing in the cosmos. Through his art, he wants the public to understand the connection that exists between nature and men. Saraceno’s work goes beyond the gallery of a museum, he wants to show us that everything is connected. 

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