Thursday, January 04, 2007

Spaceship Earth

A sculpture titled "Spaceship Earth" by the Italian sculptor Eino has apparently fallen to pieces only three months after it was installed on the campus of Kennesaw State University on the outskirts of Altanta, Georgia. The sculpture was dedicated to the memory of the renowned California environmentalist David Brower and made of 175 tons of blue quartzite quarried from Brazil.

According to an article by Aixa Paschal in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Eino's original intention was for the sculpture to be installed in Brower's hometown, Berkeley, California. Berkeley refused the sculpture, however, claiming that it could find no land for it. Members of a local arts committee also apparently found the sculpture aesthetically substandard. I can see why it was considered an appropriate addition to the campus at Kennesaw State, which has an excellent program in life science with an environmental emphasis. Hopefully, the demise of the Spaceship Earth sculpture is not an omen of things to come for the real thing.

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