Elon Musk is sending art into space

by admin November 28, 2018 at 4:53 pm

On December 1, science and art are to come together yet again as Elon Musk, the founder of space exploration company SpaceX, prepares to send a sculpture by American artist Trevor Paglen into space.

Named ‘Orbital Reflector’, the artwork is to be launched on the SpaceX Falcon 9 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara county, California.

The fields of art and science have enjoyed a closely intertwined relationship for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, from the detailed skeletal illustrations of Gray’s Anatomy to Leonardo Da Vinci’s intricate mechanical sketches. 

This relationship isn’t just down to supremely talented polymaths either; art and science even intersect in the natural world, inspiring Van Gogh to capture the sunflower’s uncanny Fibonacci spiral of seeds. It’s there too in the way bacteria colonize a petri dish in Jackson Pollock-esque filaments and blooms.