Dazzled by plexiglas and string


The work of Tomas Saraceno, an Argentinian artist, is featured at the Baltimore Museum of Art. This dazzling piece, called Entangled Orbits, will hang in the foyer until June 10, 2018. Three other pieces hang upstairs in the European Gallery.


I love the interplay between art and the sun.

It was cold in Baltimore. Single-digit cold. Even so I wasn’t spending Sunday afternoon at home.

My husband and I opted for brunch and art at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Always a good idea.

This time, though, I was dazzled the second I walked into the foyer. An iridescent construction of plexiglas and string seemed to float above me. It cast brilliant shadows of blue and pink and yellow on the white walls. How did the artist ever get that there?


Walking through the traditional European gallery, more of Saraceno’s colorful work awaits. Visitors may walk through this gallery to see all the sides of 80SW iridescent/Flying Garden/Air-Port-City.

Although I wondered, it didn’t matter. I was in love. And best of all, upstairs were three more.

All of them are the work of Tomas Saraceno, a contemporary artist born in Argentina. He combines art and science and, according to his website, in 2015, achieved the world record for the first and longest certified fully-solar manned flight.

One of the works at the BMA was built with clear balloons, mirrors and string. Another was all black, curves and circles. I didn’t take a photo of the fourth. But it, built of the fine silk of spiderwebs and illuminated in a dark room with a single up light, was as beautiful as it was creepy.

I can always count on the Baltimore Museum


Zonal Harmonic 2N 110/13 hangs in the next gallery.

of Art to provide a wondrous day away. Add lunch at Gertrude’s (the restaurant at the BMA) and the day was perfect.

No matter the weather.

Ⓒ Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman


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