The first artwork to be created in space will be a 3D sculpture made inside the International Space Station. Israeli conceptual artist Eyal Gever will sculpt his artwork using a 3D printer which the ‘Made in Space’ company installed for the first time ever in zero gravity back in 2014. Once complete, the sculpture will be released into the universe.
NASA has backed the extra-terrestrial art project through its Flight Opportunities Programme and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, allowing Made in Space to install the printer at the International Space Station. Now, almost two years later, the technical brilliance will give way to artistic endeavour.
Eyal Gever first gained international recognition for his 3D sculptures back in 2012. Through capturing snapshots of natural disasters, Gever was able to create vivid work to devastating effect. Combining many forms of visual media, and videos with printed sculptures, Gever has put on many exhibitions around the world. This time, his work will go beyond the earth.
His space project, named Laugh, seeks to take 3D sculptures to the next level. In decades past, cultural artefacts have been sent into space, most notably with the Golden Records project of 1977. Sounds and images to represent Earth were loaded onto both Voyager spacecraft, and then launched into space. Gever’s project will build upon this legacy in the most modern way possible.