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Artist Saraceno collaborates with spiders for Balt. Museum of Art exhibit

Artist Saraceno collaborates with spiders for Balt. Museum of Art exhibit

The artist Tomas Saraceno has been mystified and entranced by spider webs since he was 9 years old. He vividly recalls climbing into the attic of the 500-year-old house in which his family lived in Italy during the early 1980s and finding the room filled with the gossamer nets.

The boy was mesmerized by the intricacy of the geometric structures the eight-legged creatures had created, by their delicacy, formal beauty and practicality. More than three decades later, Saraceno’s voice lifts with pleasure as he describes his discovery.

“I just have a memory of how intricate all the connections of the webs were,” he said. “I tried to photograph the webs, but it was like trying to...

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