This huge sculpture is placed in California’s Mineta San Jose airport, where high-tech art welcomes the passengers. At the top of the escalator at the new Terminal B you will find Schuelke’s absurd machine. This giant three-legged sculpture explores the interactivity between humans and modern technology. It will quietly rotate with the aid of two propeller-tripped arms. And its ‘eye’ reveals images picked up from embedded cameras.
When entering the installation, the audience becomes part of the ‘system’ as the monitor react to the human element. It can see and track you as you walk around it. That’s why this big whit object goes by the name: Space Observer.
The Space Observer was made in 2010. It consist out of GFK composite, which is glass reinforced plastic. But it also consists out of aluminium, steel, electronics, motors, LCD screens, cameras and car paint. It is 8,5 m / 28 ft. height and its working diameter is 10 m / 33 ft.
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I really like this design because it is so inventive. It is spatial modern a bit minimal and robotic. I think there is a good connection between the object and the airport. Because of the interaction with the persons around it, it really becomes alive. In total it gives a new atmosphere, where technology and design meets each other. This way it fits the whole new environment of the technical design industry. And last but not least, this design makes me want to go the airport to go and see!