Antarctica Drop Parachute
Materials: Coated polyamide, steel structue, various textiles, nation flags, children's toys and shoes, various objects, silkscreen print, webbing, Red Cross crate
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 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.