14 Billions (Working Title)

2010, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden · Curated by Sara Arrhenius

14 Billions (Working Title) is one of several works arising from the artist’s deep interest in the spider web. For the large-scale spatial installation, Saraceno developed a new method for creating a three-dimensional scan of the web of a black widow spider (Latrodectus mactans). This method, combines Laser Supported Tomography with Photogrammetric analysis to produce a digital reconstruction of a complex three-dimensional spider web – a task previously impossible due to limitations of existing techniques. From this scan and 3D data, the artist reconstructed a 16.7:1 scale Black Widow web using 8000 lengths of nylon rope connected by over 23,000 individually tied knots, and spanning 400 cubic metres. This work was exhibited at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm and at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in 2010.

This work seeks to explore the correspondences between the spider web and the cosmic web: disturbing and transgressing notions of scale, and speculating upon parallels in the organisation of organic and inorganic structures.


Arachnology and web structures: Dr. Peter Jäger (Senckenberg Research Institute, Frankfurt am Maim) and Dr. Samuel Zschokke (University of Basel, Switzerland). Spider Web Scanning (SWS): Dr. Rolf-Dieter Dueppe, Christof Wulff and Dieter Steineck, Institut für Photogrammetrie und Kartographie (IPK), Technische Universität, Darmstadt. Spider Web Digitisation (SWD): Klaus Bollinger and Manfred Grohman (Bollinger+Grohman, Frankfurt am Main).