Gigantic Floating Art Installation – “in orbit” by Tomás Saraceno – Invites Visitors to New Spatial Experience

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A giant steel wire construction with glass spheres is suspended more than 80 feet high under a vast glass dome ceiling at the K21 Museum in Düsseldorf and a sensational hands-on art experience makes visitors feel like spiders in a web sensing space through vibration. Open now through Fall 2014, and the city’s tourism office offers hotel and travel specials.

Foto: © Studio Tomás Saraceno 2013 © Kunstsammlung NRW

Brave visitors are invited to access the installation and move across the nets like in a spider web.

An installation of steel wire and transparent orbits transforms the wide open space under the dome-shaped glass ceiling of Düsseldorf’s K21 museum into a surreal landscape reminiscent of a sea of clouds. The installation called “in orbit” by artist Tomás Saraceno creates three different levels. Brave visitors are invited to access the installation and move across the nets and in and out of spheres. Their movements cause vibrations – like in a spider web – which, combined with the lofty heights, create a fascinating spatial experience. The installation is now open and currently planned to remain on display until Fall 2014.

“in orbit” was planned by Saraceno over a period of three years in collaboration with engineers, architects, and biologists, and is his most elaborate installation to date. The wire mesh alone weighs 3 tons; the largest of the spheres – 6 total and up to 27 feet in diameter – weighs more than 600 pounds; and the entire net structure spans an area of almost 27,000 square feet. Visitors on the installation seem to be swimming in the sky. The piece, which incorporates concepts from nature and references from Jules Verne to American architect and visionary Richard Buckminster Fuller, is awe-inspiring for any visitor -- whether they decide to access it or not -- and emotions about life and death, thrill and fear, are part of the experience.

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The city’s tourism office is offering a hotel and city special for visitors of the installation. The travel package called “Tomás Saraceno – in orbit” can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at Prices are €68 per night per person based on double-occupancy and €94 for single occupancy for a 3-star hotel in the city center. The package includes breakfast, 1 welcome drink at the hotel, one ticket for the Saraceno exhibit, 1 Düsseldorf Welcome Card (free public transportation within city limits, plus more than 40 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), a city information package, and 1 Merian city guide.


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