Antarctica Drop Parachute

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Studio Orta - Drop Parachute_5066

Date: 2008
Ref: 5066
Materials: Steel frame, various textiles, flags, silkscreen print, webbing, Red Cross crate, water gourds, buckets, utensils
Dimensions: 120cm diameter, suspended from ceiling at variable height
Exhibition history: 2022 La Patinoire Royale⎟Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels, Belgium; 2019 Maison Guerlain, Paris, France; 2012 Tufts University Gallery, USA; 2007 Galleria Continua san Gimignano, Italy; 2008 Hangar Bicocca Milan, Italy; Galleria Continua Le Moulin, Franc
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta

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.