How did we install Tomás Saraceno’s Biospheres at GOMA?

 
HarvestInstallation viewTomás Saraceno Biospheres
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 / © The artist

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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 the basis for his work. He 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.

Saraceno presents his installations as designs for floating dwellings and parks. Biosphere 02 contains Tillandsia plants, a type of Bromeliad that is native to the Americas. They receive all of their nutrients from water and air, so thrive in a closed ecosystem, such as the floating garden created by Saraceno. We are invited to imagine industrialised cities with similar floating bubbles containing gardens hovering above the ground to offer new green spaces.

Biosphere 05 cluster (part) 2009
PVC, rope, nylon monofilament, acrylic, air pressure regulator system

Biosphere 2009
PVC, rope, nylon monofilament, acrylic, air pressure regulator system

Biosphere 05 cluster (part) 2009
PVC, rope, nylon monofilament, acrylic, air pressure regulator system

Biosphere 2009
Rope, acrylic

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 / © The artist

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