Antarctica Drop Parachute

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Date: 2008
Ref: 5063
Materials: Steel frame, various textiles, flags, silkscreen print, webbing, Red Cross crate, various objects, children's toys and shoes
Dimensions: 120cm diameter, approx 3m from ground variable
Catalogued: Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food Water Life, Princeton Architectural Press, NY, p.41
Exhibition history: 2012 Tufts University Gallery, USA; 2010 Ete des Arts Auxois; 2009 Hauger Art Museum Norway; 2008 Hangar Bicocca Milan; Galleria Continua Le Moulin
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta

Modeled after parachutes utilised in humanitarian expeditions to rapidly distribute vital supplies in inaccessible zones, the artists' Drop Parachutes are laden with objects referencing humanity’s physical and material survival as well as its spiritual needs, particularly the recovery of affection and solidarity. The parachutes become objects of textual communication, with nations flags and slogans relating to the themes the artists explore in their work.