Tomás Saraceno is creating an ambitious, site-specific installation that will be suspended across the BMA’s recently renovated East Lobby. The composition combines clusters of iridescent-paneled spheres with a sweeping “spiderweb” of black ropes that will be woven onsite across a two-story open area bordered by the lobby staircase and mezzanine. Appearing somewhat like bubbles, these spherical modules evoke the artist’s visionary plans for “cloud cities,” which look to naturally occurring forms for inspiration and might provide environments for future human habitation. Similarly, the intricate spiderweb of rope refers to a natural structure that encompasses the qualities of strength, beauty, and flexibility.
The lobby installation is accompanied by additional interventions in the BMA’s European Art galleries (on view September 24, 2017 – April 29, 2018) that further demonstrate Saraceno’s interest in finding inspiration in the structures of the natural world—clouds, bubbles, and spiderwebs—as he creates arresting and imaginative forms that could model the architecture of the future.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website