golden eye II

2012

Format 1: 132 x 202 cm / 52 x 79.5 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Format 2: 67 x 102 cm / 26.3 x 40.2 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame

“golden eye II” shows one of the golden mirror segments of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). This next generation telescope is scheduled to be launched into space on board an Ariane 5 rocket in 2018 from Guiana Space Center as a replacement for the famous Hubble Space Telescope. JWST will have unprecedented resolution and sensitivity from the long wavelength visible to the midinfrared range. Its primary scientific mission is to search for light from the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe after the Big Bang. The telescope’s primary mirror is a beryllium reflector with a diameter of 6.5 m and a collecting area of 25m2. The mirror is composed of eighteen hexagonal segments that will unfold after the telescope is launched into space. The data collected by this golden mirror placed in orbit behind the Moon will change humanity’s understanding of the formation of the Universe and the origins of life.

The artwork "golden eye II" shows one of the eighteen golden mirrors under construction at Ball Aerospace´s cleanroom in Bolder, USA. The digital recomposition combines front and rear parts of the mirror in a single image.

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Personally liable:
Michael Najjar

Design concept & coding: Matthias Hübner, possible.is
with support by Marco Land

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