Skylab artist keen for exhibition’s orbit to return to Perth

Hamilton Hill artist David Carson. Photo: Ben Smith
Hamilton Hill artist David Carson. Photo: Ben Smith

IT has been 17 years since he debuted his Skylab tribute, but Hamilton Hill artist David Carson wants to relaunch the exhibition in Perth.

Carson’s Skylab – Out of Orbit initially opened in 2003 to commemorate the space station, the first to be operated by NASA.

He is relaunching the exhibition in Esperance as part of the 40th anniversary of the space station crashing down to earth, which scattered debris across the Goldfields.

Carson said while he had not had any offers yet, he was keen to bring his updated exhibition to Perth.

“I’d love to bring it here, it just needs a venue. The inflatable dome is 6m high and 4m wide, it just needs a space which can fit that in,” he said.

“I’m waiting for the phone to ring. If anyone makes any offers, I’ll be there.”

A lot has changed in the 17 years since the original exhibition and Carson made sure to update the exhibition with some new flourishes.

Chief among them is the aforementioned inflatable dome, which offers a 360-degree audio-visual experience featuring original Skylab footage interspersed with more recent NASA videos.

The exhibition will also feature 3D videos and Carson’s original paintings, which he admitted had been sitting untouched since the initial exhibition.

“It has been stored in crates on my veranda for 17 years. I was amazed when I took it out of the boxes, it was like Tutankhamen’s tomb,” he said.

“I thought it might be dusty or white ants might have got inside, but they were absolutely perfect.”

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