After a two-month-long exhibition, The Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion has teamed up with the Multicultural Center for an event to write blessings that will be sent into space in a time capsule.
“Stargazers: Intersections of Contemporary Art and Astronomy,” which opened its doors in conjunction with the opening of Orange Coast College’s new Planetarium, binds the relationship between humans and the astronomical world through contemporary art. Among several showcased artists are two of OCC’s art department faculty, Kim Garrison and Steve Radosevich, under the collective name United Catalysts.
Displayed at the exhibition is an interactive installation called “The Skywheel Project.” Collectively, United Catalysts have created The Skywheel, which will be a space satellite which will house prayers for the earth sent by people around the world.
Garrison and Radosevich were inspired by Tibetan Prayer Wheels, which led them on this decade-long journey.
“United Catalysts are part of a select group of artists who thinking about how artists extend their work beyond the Earth’s boundaries. It is feasible now as the cost of technology lessens and access by private citizen’s increases,” Director of the Arts Pavilion Tyler Stallings said.
On June 3 from noon until 1 p.m., United Catalysts will honor the last week of the exhibition with an event to write your own blessings that will be sent into space when the evolving project comes to an end.
“We thought to have this workshop to give people an opportunity for us to talk about the project, and then engage people in writing down their intentions in a positive manner,” Garrison said. “They will be writing something that will go into space for a thousand years.”
United Catalysts voices prayer as a tool, whether it’s religious or secular.
“We will talk about prayer as a human universal tool, as a positive way of tackling a problem or challenge,” Garrison said. “We aren’t talking about political aspects or how we would tangibly change something, but rather our intentions.”
Viewing the event from a larger perspective, United Catalysts hopes to heal and intent future generations.
“We’re really focusing on people thinking about themselves as ancestors to future generations and writing blessings to people living 500 years from now,” Garrison said.
The Skywheel plans to travel as an exhibition for the next seven years.
The project will visit the Nicholas and Lee Begovich Gallery at Cal State Fullerton in spring 2020. Following that, The SkyWheel will go to Saskatchewan, Canada as its first international stop.
After collecting prayers around the world, a satellite will be built and the time capsule will be sent into space.
“It will go up somewhere between eight and nine years from now — in 2027 maybe,” Garrison said.
To access more information on the Skywheel Project visit http://unitedcatalystsart.com.