Cloud Cities offers a model for humanity’s ascent into utopian cities of the future
In “The Empire Strikes Back,” we learned that a city in the clouds was not such a great idea. “I’ve had supply problems of every kind — I’ve had labor difficulties,” grouses Lando Calrissian, the dashing administrator of the movie’s gravity-defying metropolis.
But for years now, the Argentine artist-futurist Tomás Saraceno has been imagining humanity’s ascent from terra firma to cities that would hover above nationalism, political division, fossil-fuel dependence and parallel parking. The next sculptural iteration of his ideas (after a rooftop extravaganza at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2012) arrives at the newly expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in “Tomás Saraceno: Stillness in Motion — Cloud Cities,” a complex of cords and reflective panels built to evoke a 10,000-node airborne habitation. Exploration is encouraged.
Photo Credit: Tomas Saraceno