TRANSPARENT EARTH, 2018
Pigment on laser sintered plastic, 40 x 71 x 24 inches.
Art Safiental 2018, Tenner Kreuz, Tenna, Switzerland, curated by Johannes M. Hedinger
This first part of Transparent Earth is a sculpture, situated on top of Tenner Kreuz in Tenna, Switzerland, Albuquerque has been interested in the horizontal-vertical from a larger, more cosmic scale for quite some time. This sculpture is based on a character Albuquerque has been developing since 2003 through writing, sculpture and also film. Weaving through all these works is the story of a 25th century female astronaut whose mission is to seed interstellar consciousness on our planet.
The second part of the Transparent Earth project will be located at its antipode which which will be located on the ocean floor off the Chatam Islands on the Eastern Coast of New Zealand, a mirror image, the same blue sculpture lies below the ocean in opposite juxtaposition, the space between them creating a field of resonance, a field of silence and listening, a field of holding, a space of questioning. Both sculptures are, as ambassadors of the Earth, imaginatively creating a unity, and a fluidity of expression and communication from a high peak in the Swiss Alps to the bottom of the sea at the other end of the world.