Join in on an exciting journey into the frontiers of technology with Berlin-based New Zealand artist Simon Denny! Delving into the captivating realm of the space industry, his latest commission, "Optimism, 2023", shines a spotlight on our enduring fascination with space exploration and the technologies propelling us towards a future beyond Earth.

Drawing inspiration from patent diagrams filed by Rocket Lab, a visionary American New Zealand company, Denny's sculptures reimagine these blueprints as awe-inspiring 'megastructures'. These remarkable pieces offer a tangible link between the speculative world of patents and our collective dreams of interstellar travel.

Using state-of-the-art 3D printing technology, Denny transforms these designs into captivating sculptures, each serving as a gateway between the digital realm and our physical environment. But the experience doesn't stop there – with augmented reality (AR) technology, viewers can unlock a captivating narrative that overlays the sculptures, blending tales of space colonization from the past and present.

From the futuristic visions of the 1960s to the cutting-edge innovations of today's private space programs, "Optimism" invites you to explore a universe where imagination knows no bounds. Curated by the talented Natasha Conland, this immersive exhibition promises to ignite your curiosity and inspire contemplation about the future of innovation.

$2 per hour to a max of $12 on weekends and a $12 flat rate for weekday evenings at The Civic car park. Find out more

Last updated: 20 May 2024