The American artist Trevor Paglen decided to create a sculpture that resembles a sword that reflects sunlight and sends it into space.
As a man was able to do this, he was entertaining himself by sending things in space. This includes satellites, rockets, cars, reports, and more. However Soon it will be with the first art sculpture that we could see from our home on Earth.
This is an American artist's Trevora Paglen project. This man has collaborated with the Nevada Museum of Art for three years to build his most ambitious project: Orbital reflector, sculpture designed to go to space.
An orbiter reflector is about 100 meters in diameter in the form of a diamond (or sword). It is a structure that is able to locate and increase the cylinder, which is the largest part of its size. Moreover, the balloon material is made of high-reflectivity polyethylene terephthalate. This means that it can reflect the sun's light on Earth.
This last attribute is really important for the author. Paglen argues that the idea is that a sculpture can be seen from a planet without the use of a telescope. Basically, it's masking itself, as if it were another star in the sky.
It is known that the launch of the sculpture is scheduled for December of the first year. Whoever takes it to space will have nothing more and no less than the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket. That day they will reach almost 600 kilometers of height, where they will be released in the orbit of the planet.
Of course, this project has attracted the attention of many people in these years. The members of the scientific community criticize this action as "purely aesthetic project that only magnifies spaces that are already in space". This is something very fair, since it is estimated that there are already at least 5,000 tonnes distributed to at least 17,500 units flying it.
In addition, it is criticized for being a project without any apparent purpose. Something different from the analysis of military, climatological, telecommunications, etc. satellites. With an investment of 1.3 million dollars, it's natural that people wonder if so much spending is worth it.
Paglen and the museum defended themselves, saying that the sculpture will not be in space forever. Actually It is programmed to get into the Earth's atmosphere in two weeks and distribute it. In addition, the artist in this project has "an understanding of what is already in space".
Do you think this is an artistic performance worth seeing, do you consider it a waste of time and money?