Antarctica Drop Parachute
Materials: Steel frame, various textiles, flags, silkscreen print, webbing, Red Cross crate, various water recipients, buckets, gourds, blanket, first-aid kits
Dimensions: 120cm diameter, suspended from ceiling at variable height
Exhibition history: 2020 Les Tanneries centre for contemporary art, Amilly, France
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta and Les Tanneries – CAC, Amilly. Photography Aurélien Mole
The Drop Parachute sculpture descending from the sky 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.