PROGRAM

PRESENTING PARTNER: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Rosetta1In conjunction with AxS Festival 2014 | Curiosity, we are proud to host the Los Angeles debut of Metamorphosis, a 9-foot high, 12-foot long model of the very real 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (C-G) comet.

The installation is a celebration of the Rosetta Mission (an international mission spearheaded by the European Space Agency (ESA), with key support and instruments from NASA), whose spacecraft has been conducting research on organic matter of the 67P/C-G comet. Rosetta started its mission 10 years ago, making its ambitious journey towards C-G, a comet the size of Central Park.

The installation was created by architect Jason Klimoski of Studio KCA and designers David Delgado and Dan Goods of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Using a combination of water, electricity, and steel, every element of this installation, down to the tiniest detail, is meant to replicate outer space.

Mist and glow exude from this 1:1000 scale model like the bursting particles from the comet’s surface. The fine mist surrounding the installation acts as the comet’s tail, while the entire comet sits in a reflection pool, calling to mind the theory that comets like C-G were the ones that originally brought water to a very young planet Earth.

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