When gravity is too conventional for your architectural taste, Tomás Saraceno is your man. His defiantly outside-the-box project Cloud Cities is currently on exhibit at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin through January 15, 2012.
About the exhibit:
Tomás Saraceno’s installations shatter traditional concepts relating to place, time, gravity and traditional ideas as to what constitutes architecture. His works are utopian and invite the viewer to play a part in their impact on a particular space, as they reach up to the sky and down to the ground. The artist creates gardens that hang in the air and allow visitors to float in space, fulfilling a dream shared by all humankind. Saraceno draws inspiration from soap bubbles and the incredible strength and flexibility of spider webs.
The exhibition in the Hamburger Bahnhof will for the first time see approx. 20 of his balloon models go on show at one time. The exhibition will give visitors the chance to see for themselves how the hanging settlements interact with each other and the space, not merely by observing them from afar, but by actually entering them.