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February 12, 2016 1:22 pm

Israeli Artist to Create First Sculpture in Outer Space

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An astronaut in space. Eyal Gever is a concept artist working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on a project that will be beamed up to outer space. Photo: NASA.

An astronaut in space. Eyal Gever is a concept artist working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on a project that will be beamed up to outer space. Photo: NASA.

JNS.org – An Israeli artist plans to create a “laughing” piece that will be beamed up to outer space this year, becoming the first-ever sculpture in space, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Eyal Gever is a concept artist working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on a project called #Laugh, which will take a digital representation of human laughter and send it space, where it will be formed into a “sculpture” by the Made in Space company on a 3D printer designed to work in zero-gravity conditions.

The #Laugh project is intended to help create an environment where astronauts can work easier in space, for instance, giving them the ability to upload images and print them in 3D.

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“One of the areas that we are excited a lot about is art and how we can design new types of art that maybe we can’t even bring back to Earth, because we’re building a sculpture that wouldn’t even survive in gravity,” said Made in Space’s chief technology officer, Jason Dunn, in a video promoting #Laugh.

Gever spoke Wednesday at Tel Aviv’s International Mediterranean Tourism Market conference about wanting to create a sculpture of something that does not exist in space.

“I realized, you know, maybe I shouldn’t even think about using a person or a certain language that has a political connotation or culture or time or race, and then a friend of mine said, ‘Why don’t you do a human laughter?’” he said.

As part of the NASA project, people will be able to record and submit their laughter online, and then vote on which digital representation of laughter should be used in the sculpture.

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  • No, it is not ”the first-ever sculpture in space”. We, ARTSAT project, already launched the 3D-printed sculpture into outer space (earth escaping orbit, artificial planet/asteroid) as follows:
    http://despatch.artsat.jp/en/Main_Page
    http://artsat.jp/en/project/despatch

  • No, it is not ”the first-ever sculpture in space”. We, ARTSAT project, already launch the 3D-printed sculpture into outer space (earth escaping orbit, artificial planet/asteroid) as follows:
    http://despatch.artsat.jp/en/Main_Page
    http://artsat.jp/en/project/despatch

  • It would be great if the 3D sculptures could be “reverse engineered” or decoded back into their original laugh tracks…presumably, their 3D contours could be “read” by a laser (pointed at them from, say, a visiting alien spacecraft 🙂 )and then then digitally converted [via reverse FT) into the laughter…All we need to do is beam the conversion software code into space, or better, include it in the 3D architecture (surface topography) as part of the initial sound to 3D model conversion program.

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