Why Send Art Into Space?

Planet Labs, an Earth-imaging company, paired with the Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop for an out-of-this-world art installation. Artists were selected to create a collection of work, which was then laser-etched on Planet Labs’s satellite panels. Images from these satellites provide important data on environmental changes and other issues. The “Art in Space” exhibition is either in orbit or awaiting launch from the International Space Station. “We want to inspire people to investigate science, to investigate creativity, to go do beautiful art pieces in an uncomfortable and unique manner,” says Forest Stearns, art director for Planet Labs. Hear more about the project in filmmaker Charlie Nordstrom’s intriguing piece. 

Planet Labs: https://www.planet.com/

Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop: http://www.autodesk.com/pier-9

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