The name of the city of Palermo in Italy, comes from the Greek word Panoremus – loosely translated to mean ‘always fit for landing in’. Weather-Dependent Aerocene 7.8, a floating installation at Piazza Bologni, is a synthesis of art, technology and environmental awareness, speculating on a new epoch, beyond the anchoring fossil-fuel dependence of the Anthropocene, into the Aerocene, a space not meant for landing, but for floating.
The spherical body of the aerosolar sculpture is mirror foiled, reflecting part of the Sun’s radiation, controlling the temperature inside the sculpture and preventing it from overheating. In turn, the mirror foil makes the surface of the sculpture completely reflective, inviting you to look closer, a re-flective practice, a state of mind.
In an open invitation of multi-species sympoiesis, Saraceno encourages the inhabitants of the city of Palermo to bring plants to the Piazza, to populate the space for the duration of the installation. In this way, the reflective surface of Weather-Dependent Aerocene 7.8 will mirror a green Earth, a serendipitous array of plants and visitors, reflecting (on) the Earth as a biosphere, a visual expression of the fundamental assumption that we are the very nature that we are trying to understand. Weather-Dependent Aerocene 7.8 floats in Piazza Bologni, Palermo, as part of the exhibition Foresta Urbana, curated by Paolo Falcone.