Antarctica Drop Parachute
2008 - 2008
Materials: Steel frame, various textiles, flags, silkscreen print, webbing, Red Cross crate, various objects, water recipients and kitchen utensils
Dimensions: 120cm diameter, height variable
Exhibition history: 2016 Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, USA
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
Modeled after parachutes used in humanitarian expeditions to rapidly distribute vital supplies, Orta's Drop Parachutes are made from flags of different nations. Fragments of clothing and the objects descending from the skies refer both to humanity’s physical and material survival as well as its spiritual needs, particularly the recovery of solidarity. The parachutes become objects of textual communication, with slogans and words related to the themes of the artists’ works on their surfaces.