I am always on the lookout for fun and educational experiences and fortunately Dusseldorf offers a great deal of these! Recently I asked one of Breidenbacher Hof’s Personal Assistants for some of her current favorite activities around town. Her immediate suggestion? The Tomás Saraceno in orbit exhibit at K21 Art Museum. Intrigued, I had to check it out.
The exhibit, installed in the glass dome of the building, 25 meters above the ground, begins with a web that spans 2500 square meters broken into three levels. From there six inflated spheres balance like bubbles atop the structure. The structure can be viewed from below and above. And the best part? This is a hands-on exhibit! My friends and I (and other visitors) were able to climb among the spheres and through the webbing! I felt a bit like a spider and a bit like I was floating through clouds.
Although there was a sense of weightlessness and airiness when exploring the sculpture, I learned that was far from the case. The webbing of the structure actually weighs a few tons and the largest sphere is about 1000 pounds! A lot of time also went into creating it, as Saraceno spent more than three years designing and planning the project with a team of engineers. This piece is the perfect example of how looks can be deceiving!
I loved my visit to Tomás Saraceno in orbit and definitely suggest you visit it during your next trip to Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel. Be sure to ask your Personal Assistant about this and other fantastic activities to experience around town, I’m sure you will be amazed by what you may discover!
© Studio Tomás Saraceno 2013
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