Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. by no means made it on an area mission. The first African-American to practice as an astronaut with NASA, he died in a supersonic jet crash in 1967, on the age of 32. But the artist Tavares Strachan is preparing to ship the astronaut into house in a fashion, to honor his legacy.
Mr. Strachan has made an uncommon satellite tv for pc within the type of a 24-karat gold urn that includes a bust of the astronaut, in a high-tech black body, to be launched from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket presently scheduled to go up on Monday. Mr. Strachan calls his satellite tv for pc “Enoch” after the biblical determine “who was able to forgo death,” he stated. He had the thought for making a gold urn after researching Egyptian vessels used to protect organs of the deceased.
Born in Nassau, within the Bahamas, and primarily based in New York, Mr. Strachan represented the Bahamas 5 years in the past in its first Venice Biennale pavilion with a challenge resurrecting one other African-American pioneer: Mathew Henson. That set up featured a video recreating Henson’s 1909 expedition to the North Pole.
The SpaceX collaboration got here by way of the Art+Technology Lab on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which provides grants and makes trade introductions. A 2014 grant recipient, Mr. Strachan labored with SpaceX’s president, Gwynne Shotwell.
Interested in increasing entry to science and know-how, he has additionally constructed academic outreach into the challenge. He is putting in “beacons” on the tops of college buildings in numerous nations, designed to mild up every time the satellite tv for pc passes overhead.
“I love books and working with kids in the classroom, but it’s nice to give them something more experiential and visual,” he stated.
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