Tomas Saraceno Directs Spiderwebs Into Mass-Scale Productions

By: Vasiliki Marapas - May 1, 2015
References: tomassaraceno & fastcodesign
Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno transforms spiderwebs -- everyday, common annoyances -- into pieces of mesmerizing art.

For this project, Saraceno placed the arachnids into Plexiglas cases, where he allowed them to make webs, occasionally turning the case on its side to confuse them and change the direction of their web-making. In some cases, Saraceno used several different types of spiders, combining their distinct webs to create a remarkable singular piece. The finished products were suspended with invisible wire, appearing to levitate mid-air in a dark gallery.

Though Saraceno's spiderweb sculptures are breathtaking, they also provide a deep and complex commentary on the networking of our current, hyper-digital world, which is a fusion of natural and man-made forces.