Space Trumpet (2005)

Photograph of the large wooden trumpet shaped installation in a gallery space

Birch plywood, copper brackets, rivets, washers, varnish

Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

Space Trumpet was inspired by a trip the artist made to Holmdel, New Jersey, to find the Bell communications antenna. In 1965, this primitive radio telescope had inadvertently picked up microwaves: these were the residue of radiation created by the birth of the universe billions of years earlier. This startling discovery validated the ‘big bang’ theory.| The exhibition takes its title from the rival ‘steady-states hypothesis’| that this breakthrough undermined.