This site-specific installation is on
display from April 27, 2011- November 30, 2011
Regina International Airport located in Regina, SK.
- Artist Statement -
"Conjunktion" by Laura MacDonald
4 Panel Drawing (Orion Nebula)
14’ x 7’
Charcoal and pastel on BFK paper
(1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010)
8.5” x 11”
Digital print with silver, gold & copper leaf and tin
Imagine your world without satellite television or
cellular phone service. Imagine strolling through the park only to be
hit by a red-hot piece of junk hurtling through the atmosphere at 8000+
meters per second! Now consider that this could very easily become
reality due to the silent, looming threat of space debris.
Space debris consists of human-made objects that orbit the Earth. Some
debris is functional but most is defunct—such as 480 million copper
needles, 128kg of nuclear reactor coolant, rocket stages, metal shards,
decommissioned satellites, human ashes, cameras, gloves, paint chips
(and the list goes on). This junk can, and frequently does, collide with
functional satellites and other devices thereby creating more debris
that will inevitably hit the Earth.
In this work, the large-scale depiction of the Orion nebula is situated
among the drawings of space debris (represented through data-points) in
order to reveal the tension and paradoxes involved when considering the
impact of additional technology on our future.
The goal of Conjunktion is simple yet complex: to raise awareness about
earth’s current state and prompt a dialogue about human ethics regarding
the swarm of pollution that may seem a world away, but is undoubtedly
closer than expected.
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