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Hear the sounds of space in StudioKCA’s NASA Orbit Pavilion in Los Angeles

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The sounds of space are touching down on Earth in the form of a haunting symphony at Los Angeles County’s The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens. Brooklyn-based StudioKCA is in the midst of installing their brilliant NASA Orbit Pavilion on The Huntington’s Celebration Lawn, where it will open to the public starting October 29, 2016. The installation is a “soundscape” that transforms the movement of the International Space Station and 19 Earth satellites into music.

Created in collaboration with Shane Myrbeck of Arup and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, StudioKCA’s NASA Orbit Pavilion debuted at the World Science Festival at New York University in the summer of 2015. The Huntington invited StudioKCA to bring the pavilion to the west coast as the first exhibition of Five, an initiative to connect the research institution’s vast collections with five external organizations and contemporary artists over the next five years.

The NASA Orbit Pavilion’s double-curved nautilus shape was constructed from 72 waterjet-cutaluminum panels perforated with over 100 “orbital paths.” A 30-foot-diameter inner sound chamber is outfitted with 28 speakers spatially arranged to mimic orbits. The structure’s curved aluminum framework minimizes external noise and is engineered to provide an immersive environment that surrounds visitors with sounds representing orbiting satellites in real-time.

“Like holding a shell to one’s ear to listen the ocean, what if you could walk into a massive shell and listen to the sounds of space, or rather, a symphony built out of the sounds of satellites in space?” Says Jason Klimoski, principal of StudioKCA. The NASA Orbit Pavilion will be on view at The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens from October 29, 2016 to February 27, 2017.

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