Tomás Saraceno’s cloud sculptures and installations stem from his long-standing artistic inquiry — Cloud Cities — a proposal for a common imaginary for an ethical re-alliance with the environment, the planet and the cosmic/web of life beyond Anthropocentrism. The cluster-like artworks are composed of a number of interconnected modules constructed with black and reflective panels, forming constellations out of geometric structures inspired by the Weaire-Phelan structure, evocative of aggregating foam or soap bubbles.
The reflective and iridescent surfaces of the modules become illuminative complements to the natural environment in which the cloud is installed, redirecting and expanding the reflections of the sky and its ever-changing, boundary-blurring weather patterns.
Some clouds have web-like structures set with them, resonating with the woven habitats of spiders and the cosmic web. This analogy gives rise to imagery of the structure of the observable universe, reminding us that we are all floating on cosmic clouds of galaxies, the perfect major fields of inspiration for Saraceno. These cloud-like shapes host delicate filaments, interlaced in a complex system. The further metaphor considers asterisms, constellations of cosmic celestial bodies and their everlasting “deep-time” impression. Visually transparent, it sheds a light on our own entangled and interdependent being on Earth and the cosmos.