Trevor Paglen, Orbital Reflector
557 people pledged $76,053 to support this project on Kickstarter.
Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going?
These were the questions Trevor Paglen and the Nevada Museum of Art wanted to ask with the world’s first art satellite. Visible from Earth without a telescope, the “earth work” has no commercial, military, or scientific purpose. With the help of 557 backers, Paglen sent his project into low Earth orbit on December 3 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Intentionally or not, Orbital Reflector also reflected the sociopolitical landscape back on Earth: Delays in launching highlighted the unpredictability of corporate space travel, and the 2019 U.S. federal government shutdown caused delays in identifying the satellite post-launch. But on ____, anyone on Earth with a smartphone could identify, track, and watch the work from anywhere, anytime, connecting us like never before.