Sunday, April 15, 2018

Day 2089: Walking into orbit?

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While at the Huntington Gardens Thursday with ...

great friends Beatriz and Dave Helton,
we saw the Orbit Pavillion.

Satellites that study the Earth are passing 
through space continuously, collecting data 
on everything from hurricanes to the effects of drought.

Seen from a distance, you can't help saying, what's that?

More intriguing the nearer you get. 

What if you could make contact with these orbiting spacecraft, 
and bring them “down to Earth?” 

Visitors can do that in NASA’s Orbit Pavilion sound experience. 

The outdoor installation is the brainchild of Dan Goods and David Delgado, visual strategists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who worked in collaboration with composer Shane Myrbeck and architect Jason Klimoski of StudioKCA to produce an innovative “soundscape” experience representing the movement of the International Space Station and 19 Earth Science satellites.”

Inside the large, shell-shaped sculpture ...
distinctive sounds are emitted as each satellite 
passes overhead: a human voice, the crashing of a wave, 
a tree branch moving, a frog croaking.

Each sound interprets one of the satellites’ missions.
A windy day added the additional sound of the wind 
pushing through through the open slots of the large shape.

There are benches where you can sit and feel the effect 
of the eerie music/sound composition, 
while looking through open spaced, negative light, 
an unusual experience. Fun!

And then I noticed the shadows on the ground.

Once you notice, there are speakers everywhere.

You can be enveloped with the experience,
and when ready, return to the outside world.

Thank you Beatriz & Dave for a great day!

A smile for Sunday ...

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