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Verdant

Verdant

2022

Glass and thread sculpture

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space

This tiny glass and thread sculpture, an experimental art piece, explores the prospect of weightlessness, moving form and light in space. The tether beads will float and alter the overall shape as it fills its container, each piece intimately affected by its individual mass. I hope to see how the unfiltered light in space changes the colour and perception of the glass beads and fluorescent green thread. The structure is based on the core arrangement of the chlorophyll molecule (1 magnesium + 4 nitrogen atoms), essential to all plant life on earth and key to human survival in space. As we contemplate life away from our planet, we will naturally reflect on what makes our world beautiful and sustainable for humans. The intense, verdant green of the hills, valleys and foliage will be hard to replicate on another celestial body, highlighting how biologically and aesthetically connected we are to this narrow spectrum of colour.

Technical information:

Artwork name:

Verdant

Date:

Creator:

2022

Lisa Pettibone

Country:

This work is part of the following collection:

Moon Gallery

Glass and thread sculpture

Medium:

Dimensions:

1 x 1 x 1 cm

Sculpture

Genre:

IAAA Art Style:

Launch vehicle / mission:

Antares 230+ / NG-17 Cygnus resupply mission

Host spacecraft / hardware:

International Space Station

COSPAR id

2022-015B

Launch location:

NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia

Launch date:

19 Feb 2022

Orbit / space location:

LEO, International Space Station (ISS)

Return vehicle:

SpaceX Dragon 2

End date:

11 January 2023

Status:

Returned

Client / Agency:

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space

Artist:

Lisa Pettibone

Visual artist

Lisa Pettibone

Collection:

Moon Gallery

2022

Moon Gallery

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