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The Expanding Universe

9 x 8 x 3 in (22.8 x 20.3 x 7.6 cm)
Nickel plated 3D print

The uniformly ever-expanding universe is often depicted as points on a balloon, slowly being blown up. In a wry take on a Jeff Koons classic, this work re-imagines the universe as an ever-expanding balloon dog. Conversely, the work suggests that the much smaller universe that makes up the contemporary art world may warrant further expansion.

This is a unique time in history, when the universe remains small enough for us to see neighboring celestial bodies in space, and even visit them. But the future may hold a night sky with no stars visible to the naked eye, when the universe has expanded far enough that stars are too distant to be seen. Until then, we may choose to imagine ourselves next to a point of light on the back of a balloon sculpture.