Saraceno’s Cloud City

If you happened to be in Berlin, make sure to stop by Hamburger Bahnhof (a former railway station) till January 15, 2012, and get ready to feel like you’ve stepped into a strange and surreal dream. Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno has created a massive installation consisting of 20 clear orbs of varying size being suspended at different heights, some of which you can actually enter. Bounce on the transparent floors and then look through the spheres to see a network of cables that keep the balloons afloat. Inspired by soap bubbles and spider webs, Saraceno calls this installation Cloud City.

Within each orb is a different organic material like water or plant life. Viewers can interact with all of the bubbles! Whether you choose to climb on top or go inside, there are ladders available to guide spectators to a globe of fun. Another neat feature is that every orb is connected. If someone shakes one orb, it causes the other spheres to react and shake. It’s a reflection of Saraceno’s statement about how all organic material and life affects one another.

Tomás Saraceno’s installations shatter traditional concepts relating to place, time, gravity and traditional ideas as to what constitutes architecture. His works are utopian and invite the viewer to play a part in their impact on a particular space, as they reach up to the sky and down to the ground. The artist creates gardens that hang in the air and allow visitors to float in space, fulfilling a dream shared by all humankind.