Antarctica Drop Parachute
Materials: Coated polyamide, fiber glass rods, various textiles, nation flags, silkscreen print, webbing, wall stencils
Dimensions: 120cm diameter, suspended from ceiling at variable height
Exhibition history: 2007 Galleria Continua San Gimignano, Italy
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
The Drop Parachute is modelled after ones that are used to rapidly distribute vital humanitarian supplies, in inaccessible areas. Lucy + Jorge Orta’s drop parachute versions are constructed from a patchwork of fabrics and flags from different nations, with an array of objects such as water gourds, utensils, kitchen supplies or soft toys attached. The sculpture refers both to humanity’s physical and material survival as well as its spiritual needs, particularly the recovery of solidarity.