Over the past 50 years humans have constructed a ring around Earth, not unlike the rings around Saturn. But the ring around Earth is not made out of dust and rocks, it’s made out of machines that we built. What’s more, this ring we’ve constructed is now a permanent feature of our planet. Over the next five billion years, maybe some kind of giant squid will evolve and will look up at the night sky and realize that the Earth has many more moons than the one that we’re familiar with. But if they look more closely, they might realize that in fact those moons are the leftover spacecraft from an ancient and long disappeared civilization.
This ‘graveyard in the stars’ is where The Last Pictures eventually live."
— Fascinating interview with artist Trevor Paglen, who is creating a “cave painting for space” by etching 100 images of mankind onto an ultra-archival disc and launching it on a satellite to roam the cosmos – a project whose potential lifespan of 4.5 billion years makes it the longest-running art exhibition of all time. (via explore-blog)
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