Space art: Trevor Paglen’s “Orbital Reflector” sculpture to launch in 2018

Artist Trevor Paglen is designing a work of art that will go into orbit. The Orbital Reflector will launch as a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in the spring of 2018. In collaboration with the Nevada Museum of Art they have a Kickstarter campaign underway. With 8 days to go, $61,787 has been pledged towards a goal of $70,000 goal. 

Art is about taking risks. Join us as we become the first artist-museum team to launch a sculptural satellite into space.

A couple of years ago, contemporary artist Trevor Paglen approached the Nevada Museum of Art with a bold idea: launch the first satellite into space that would exist purely as an artistic gesture. The Museum knew that his radical vision — Orbital Reflector — could help to change the way we see our place in the world. Orbital Reflector is a satellite that will have no commercial, military, or scientific purpose. Instead, it will be a public sculpture, visible from the ground without a telescope — a satellite that belongs to everyone.

“Design concept rendering for Trevor Paglen: Orbital Reflector, co-produced and presented by the Nevada Museum of Art, 2017”

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