The NA of Duesseldorf Tourism and Duesseldorf Airport Announce: Tomás Saraceno’s Floating Art Installation “in orbit” at K21 Museum Extended until End of 2015

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It looks like a giant spider web suspended more than 80 feet high under the glass dome ceiling at Duesseldorf’s K21 Museum, and it captivates people who walk into it like oversized insects – but nobody is in a rush to see the cobwebs cleared. More than 100,000 people experienced the fascinating art installation by artist Tomás Saraceno during the exhibit’s first 18 months – an overwhelming success that will keep the piece in place for another year until the end of 2015.

Foto: © Studio Tomás Saraceno 2013. © Kunstsammlung NRW

Emotions about life and death, thrill and fear, are part of the experience.

It shakes, has holes, and is 80 feet high above the ground, but that hasn’t stopped 100,000 people from visiting – and climbing – K21 Museum’s giant art installation that looks like a futuristic spider web. In fact, the installation, which opened in summer 2013 and was only to last for a year, has been thoroughly tested and deemed completely safe for the thousands more humans who would like to move about the net like insects in a spider web for yet another year. The experience has proven so captivating with visitors that the installation will remain open until the end of 2015.

The installation by artist Tomás Saraceno is called “in orbit” and creates three different levels of steel wire and transparent orbits that brave visitors can access. Their movements cause vibrations – like in a spider web – which, combined with the lofty heights, create a fascinating spatial experience. 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.

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.

The K21 Museum and its sister museum K20 together hold one of the most Internationally renowned collections of 21st and 20th century art, respectively. The two museums are among Düsseldorf’s major art institutions and are supported by a foundation of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, which owns the permanent collections.

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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, free hotel Wifi, one ticket for the Saraceno exhibit, 1 DüsseldorfCard (free public transportation within city limits, plus more than 40 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), a city information package. Please check the website for current information.

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Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its responsibilities include tourism and city marketing, as well as conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations. For more information, visit

Düsseldorf Airport, Germany’s Next Generation HubTM, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit

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