In February of 2014, a small team of employees from Planet Labs came to Autodesk's Pier 9 to tour our workshop and offices. As we walked and talked, we communed over common values, similar interests, and shared our desire to learn from our respective creative communities. What followed from that day, and setting of intentions, was two years of planning, meeting, collaborating, laser engraving and rocket launching to create a unique and wonderful partnership that ultimately became the largest art exhibition in space. This is the Instructable that tells the story of why and how that happened.
What could be more scintillating than the distant, unknown or otherwise intangible? For eons, the phenomena driving humans to their greatest discoveries have also been the most elusive and invisible to the unassisted eye: the deepest seas, the craggiest mountain precipices, and perhaps most nebulously, the infinite reaches of outer space. Despite the encyclopedia of dangers that lie just beyond all visible horizons, something about unfamiliarity drives us to take big risks. Our inquisitiveness propels us. Our thirst to adventure, discover, and imagine the future is what defines historical epochs; from the Stone Age, to the Space Age, to now. The partnership between the Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop and Planet Labs hinges on the same intrepid curiosity.
Together, we created the largest art exhibition in space.