Crystalline, by artist Siobhán McDonald, is on display at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris from 26 January to 12 March 2017. It is inspired by residencies and research undertaken by Siobhán in the Arctic Circle and at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands.
The body of work that makes up the backbone of the exhibition is a series of more than 120 objects that relate to the dying glaciers and that bring the elements of contemporary engineering together with prehistory in the use of carbon and charred bone.
Inspired by the ESA Solar Orbiter mission, the piece in the centre of this picture is Crystalline, a series of white squares of different sizes, each covered in a reflective material mix that is closely related to the protective layer, made by Irish company Enbio, used on some Solar Orbiter surfaces. The surfaces for Crystalline are cured at high temperatures creating a motif of cracked and disjointed cartographies.
Further details about this work can be read on the art&science@esa blog.