Some art is really, well, out there. Artist Trevor Paglen is creating a space sculpture that's the very first of its kind called Orbital Reflector. The satellite will exist for the sole purpose of its artistic endeavor; its whole reason for being launched into space is simply to be seen from Earth.
Unlike other famous works, Orbital Reflector has the potential to be seen by every human being on the planet, making it a shared experience like no other. Sure, art is subjective, but who among us isn't objectively amazed when they see a shooting star, comet, or UFO pass by at night? Orbital Reflector may become one of the biggest success stories of 2018 — that is if the sculpture can arrive at its destination without a hitch.
As with any art project, there are many factors involved in Orbital Reflector's launch, both literally and figuratively. Orbital Reflector is no small feat, but it will be one giant, artistic leap for mankind.
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'Orbital Reflector' Will Be The First Artistic Satellite In SpaceVideo: YouTube
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