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.