Orbital Reflector by Trevor Paglen: first sculpture in the Space

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28 February 2019

Orbital Reflector by Trevor Paglen is the first sculpture and public artwork to be launched in the Space as a purely artistic act.

Trevor Paglen, born in 1974, is one of the most interested visual artists of our time, whose work focuses mainly on issues such as mass surveillance, data collection and, more generally, on the future. The Orbital Reflector is focused on the future: it’s a public sculpture that will be placed in the low earth orbit so that it can be seen from the Earth without a telescope and will show everyone a new perspective from which to wade our planet.

The work was made possible thanks to the support of Nevada Museum of Art when in 2015 the artist began to think about the possibility of launching an object in the Space as a purely artistic act; now, in fact, the structure houses a first prototype of the work. The Orbital Reflector is also supported by Space industries and will be launched on a Falcon 9 rocket and is made of lightweight polyethylene, a material that reminds of plastic.

At the appropriate moment, the sculpture will automatically inflate like a balloon, while the sunlight reflected on it will make it visible from the Earth to naked eye, thus resembling an artificial star that moves slowly.

In the video below you can find all the details concerning the Orbital Reflector project:

Orbital Reflector di Trevor Paglen: prima scultura nello spazio | Collater.al
Orbital Reflector di Trevor Paglen: prima scultura nello spazio | Collater.al
Orbital Reflector di Trevor Paglen: prima scultura nello spazio | Collater.al
Orbital Reflector di Trevor Paglen: prima scultura nello spazio | Collater.al

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