Primary Planet / Space Buoy
For the past 20 years, I have lived with this sphere at my home’s garden.
Sometimes when looking at it, I could see planetary geographies.
The diverse colors and tones of rust would reflect layers of paint from different time-frames.
The geography of these “scarred” continents had been the result of more or less violent clashes of those ships that for years had used this buoy as a goal post for their in and out journeys across the Tagus River’s entry point.
In this process of potential accident and crash with the ships, the sometimes-deep grooves came to be and became notorious, carving rivers and building mountains.
Here and now, at the Fontelo Woods, I believe water and corrosion will continue to sculpt these continents.
Primary Planet/Space Buoy, 2019
Author: Miguel Palma
160 x 160 cm
Fontelo Woods / 40.6586940, -7.9016390
Born in 1964, lives and works in Lisbon. Palma’s work frequently handles questions on technological development, ecology, the belief in images, the idea of power, the infant-juvenile world, the obsession for the machine. His art unfolds into drawing, sculpture, multimedia installation, video, artist books and performance.