Space Program: Europa
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
World-renowned sculptor Tom Sachs and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts have set their sights on the next frontier of space exploration with Space Program: Europa. This maiden voyage to the untouched, icy moon of Jupiter will be Sachs's longest space mission to date, following successful journeys to the moon (Space Program, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, 2007) and Mars (Space Program: Mars, Park Avenue Armory, New York, 2012).
Open from September 16, 2016 through January 15, 2017, the sculpture-driven exhibition showcases the handmade artistry and industrial rigor that have become Sachs's trademarks. With Space Program: Europa, Sachs and his team create an experiential environment featuring his signature bricolage style—the practice of creating things from a variety of available materials and objects. Space Program: Europa will fill YBCA with everything Sachs's astronauts need to successfully complete their voyage, including mission control, a full size Apollo-era landing module (LEM), a mobile quarantine facility, and equipment for conducting scientific experiments and tea ceremonies. To boldly signal the forthcoming mission, a gigantic thirty-two-foot NASA "meatball" logo relief sculpture of painted plywood has been commissioned and installed on YBCA's rooftop. It is visible from strategic aerial locations throughout the South of Market neighborhood.
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