Trevor Paglen
Orbital Reflector

The fourteen-foot diameter Mylar balloon hanging in the Donald W. Reynolds Grand Hall is a model for a future artwork by contemporary artist Trevor Paglen. In partnership with the Nevada Museum of Art and in collaboration with aerospace engineers, Paglen will launch a similar balloon into orbit as a purely artistic gesture.

Orbital Reflector, the satellite, will have no commercial, military, or scientific purpose. Instead, it will be a public sculpture, visible from the ground without a telescope — a satellite that belongs to everyone. It is a neo-minimalist sculpture, inspired by an alternative history of spaceflight that includes early Russian avant-gardists and forgotten NASA experiments. According to the artist, Orbital Reflector is a work of aerospace engineering for aerospace engineering’s sake.

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Trevor Paglen: Orbital Reflector, co-produced and presented by the Nevada Museum of Art, will cost $1.3 million over the project’s three-year span. Committed sponsors to date include:

Title Sponsor I. Heidi Loeb Hegerich

Premier Sponsors Switch; Louise A. Tarble Foundation

Lead Sponsors Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation; The Jacquie Foundation; Piper Stremmel and Chris Reilly

Major Sponsors Charles and Margaret Burback Foundation; the Fisher Brothers; Nion McEvoy; RBC Wealth Management and City National Bank

Sponsors Sandy and Steven Hardie

Supporting Sponsors Karyn and Lance Tendler

Additional Support Henry Moore Foundation (UK)

Exclusive sponsorship for the Orbital Reflector installation, and lead sponsorship for the Museum’s STEAM education programs, is provided by Switch.

Additional support provided by the 557 backers of this project’s Kickstarter campaign.