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Verdant

Lisa Pettibone

Verdant

2022

Glass and thread sculpture

1 x 1 x 1 cm

status:

Returned

This tiny glass and thread sculpture, an experimental art piece, explores the prospect of weightlessness, moving form and light in space.

Voyager Space
Nanoracks LLC
Moon Gallery Foundation

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

artist

Lisa Pettibone

title

Verdant

date

2022

this work is part of the following collection

Moon Gallery

medium

Glass and thread sculpture

dimensions

1 x 1 x 1 cm

genre

Sculpture

IAAA art style

Launch

launch date

19 Feb 2022

launch  vehicle

Antares 230+ / NG-17 Cygnus resupply mission

Orbit

host 

International Space Station

location

LEO, International Space Station (ISS)

launch location

NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia

Return

return date

11 January 2023

return vehicle

SpaceX Dragon 2

status

Returned

launch vehicle COSPAR id

2022-015B

partners

Voyager Space
Nanoracks LLC
Moon Gallery Foundation

Artist

Lisa Pettibone

Visual artist

Collection

Moon Gallery

2022

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