In Orbit

Visionary artist, Tomás Saraceno has created an interactive installation using steel wire and inflated PVC spheres at the K21 museum in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The impressive structure, entitled In Orbit, is suspended more than 24 metres in the air above the atrium of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Dusseldorf.

Viewers who enter one of the half-dozen spheres of In Orbit find themselves in an unpredictable landscape where each climber's movements emanate out to the others. Saraceno's quavering structures, connected by a vast net, allude to spiderwebs, the curve of gravity, the social fabric of cities, and pretty much anything else involving bodies caught up in the same force field.

Visitors can traverse between six PVC spheres dotted along an expansive net structure.

The delicate appearance of the net is deceiving: the construction weighs three tons and the spheres have diameters up to 8.5 metres and weigh up to 300 kilos each.

The installation takes inspiration from new forms of communication and the strength and beauty of spiders’ webs, enabling visitors to sense other people’s movements on the net.

“To describe the work means to describe the people who use it – and their emotions,” explains Tomás Saraceno concerning his largest installation to date, planned over the past three years in collaboration with engineers, architects and arachnologists – experts on spiders and spider webs.


Project: In Orbit

Location: Dusseldorf, Germany

Architect: Tomás Saraceno, Berlin, Germany

Technical info: Inflated PVC

Picture credits: Studio Saraceno