Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud Cities
If the future doesn’t consist of me lounging around on a bed of air inside a bubble, I’m not interested in participating. While I am sort of kidding, it is a relief to see the work of Tomás Saraceno. The artist was born in Argentina but relocated to Germany where his most recent piece is on display in Berlin at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum.
The physical specifications of the piece itself are best described as a series of giant air-filled spheres. It is possible to enter two of the spheres while the rest are examples of the architecture and life-support systems for plants. The piece is supposed to be Tomás’ representation of a Utopian society, stressing interaction between human beings and their environment.
The piece appeals to me on so many different levels. I have a very well-known bias for installation pieces. I’m also somewhat of a futurist. Plus, who doesn’t want to jump around in a bubble suspended in the air held down by bags of water? More importantly though, Tomás Saraceno’s work shows that the only way to shape the future is to start living in it right now.