Proposal to send my car into geostationary orbit.
“I would like to take this opportunity to realise a project on a scale that I have hitherto been unable to contemplate. My proposal is to place my MkII Ford Escort Ghia a in a geo-stationary orbit directly above the SBG gallery. The car will be tethered to the SBG by a single, extremely long cable*. The cable will pass trough the roof of the space and attach to large bolt in the gallery floor.
From a socket in the gallery space a power cable will run across the floor and then up the tethering cable. This will ultimately connect to the car in space and enable the car’s headlights to remain burning and the radio playing.
From the ground it will not be possible to see the car but approaching the earth from space it should serve as a beacon proclaiming that the planet below is one of culture and intelligence.
*For this proposal I anticipate the development of super-strong single molecule carbon cable.”
This was a response to an invitation from the artist Sally Barker to submit an idea for her hypothetical museum ‘The Sally Barker Gallery’ – the work later becoming a two-screen animated video-work.