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Planet Caravan by Niels van Bunningen 2018
Planet Caravan by Niels van Bunningen 2018
Planet Caravan by Niels van Bunningen 2018
Planet Caravan by Niels van Bunningen 2018

Planet Caravan by Niels van Bunningen 2018

December 2018 - 'At the highest point, it felt like time was standing still. I was overwhelmed by emotions and a sense of my own place in the cosmos. But when I looked down at the earth - this fantastic, fragile oasis, this island that has been gifted to us and that has protected all life against the unforgiving universe - a feeling of sadness took over. Devastated by an unmistakable, sobering contradiction.' - Ron Garan, astronaut.

The artist used this statement as inspiration for his Planet Caravan artwork: an astronaut is floating in space and, as he looks back to the earth, he is gripped by the vulnerability and insignificance of this planet. The feeling is expressed in the skull grasped by a multitude of hands and in the use of materials with a contrast between the rust and the steel galvanised by Rotocoat.

By travelling in space, mankind has once again overcome a barrier. In his backpack, the astronaut carries all sorts of objects related to barriers in the past, such as a sextant (the sea), a canary from the mines (the subsurface), paper airplanes (the air), a machete (the land) and a mussel (the depths of the oceans).

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