Following in the tradition of eco-visionaries like Buckminster Fuller, Peter Cook, and errrm, Pauly Shore, Argentina-born artist-architect Tomás Saraceno imagines a Utopian future where science and nature work together in perfect synchronicity.
For Biospheres, which debuted as part of the RETHINK: Contemporary Art and Climate Change exhibition alongside the 2009 Copenhagen climate talks, Saraceno created a series of transparent globes inspired by scientific studies of cloud formation, soap bubbles and spider webs. The biospheres contain self-regulating ecosystems, with the bigger ones inviting viewers inside to become part of the processes. On the ground, water-filled biospheres stabilize the entire sculpture.
Is Biospheres an optimistic symbol of a green future? Or a dark vision of a world destroyed by climate change? That’s open to interpretation. However you think of it, the point is that you’re thinking.
Photos: Anders Sune Berg