Tomás Saraceno / Argentina b.1973 / Biosphere 02 2009 / PVC, rope, nylon monofilament, acrylic, plants (Tillandsia), air pressure regulator system, hydration system / Purchased 2014 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AC, through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno
Biosphere 02 2009

Not Currently on Display

Each of Tomás Saraceno’s Biosphere works demonstrate the artist’s signature technique of intertwining rope, in this case weaving it around transparent, inflated bubbles. Their architecture is similar to that of geodesic domes. In parallel with ideas of interconnected floating cities is the artist’s ongoing interest in the structure of spider webs and their flexibility in a changing environment. Biosphere resembles a spider’s web – each threaded and knotted piece of rope within it is equally important to the structural integrity of the whole form, acting as a metaphor for the interconnectedness of ecosystems.

Saraceno is influenced by ideas of networking and ecology, and by philosophers and social theorists who look to the systems in nature in order to provide new approaches to thinking about the world. He presents his installations as designs for floating dwellings and parks for the future. Biosphere 02 contains Tillandsia plants, a type of bromeliad native to the Americas. Receiving all of its nutrients from water and air, it is perfectly suited to a closed ecosystem such as the ones created by Saraceno.

Tomás Saraceno is renowned for his ambitious sculptures and installations that take the form of webs and interconnected spheres or bubbles. His work is influenced by ideas of networking and ecology, looking to the systems and forms found in nature as its basis.

The artist has an ongoing interest in the structure of spiders’ webs and their adaptability to the changing environment. The complex structures mirrored in these works are salient symbols for the interconnectedness of ecosystems.


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