The Sun Dies Anyway

Solar powered solarium

Solar panels, wood, electronic parts, cable, solarium, sun chair, towel, safety glasses
Dimensions variable

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In Southern Germany, on a sunny day at the spa in the park, the artists observed:

„A retirement home, where everybody arrived just a little bit early“... Elsewhere in the  park, polar bears are disappointed at feeding time with organic cucumbers, and the peace camp settles in for another day protesting the new train station development. Strange times indeed as conservative Stuttgart flexes long forgotten political muscles and wonders how much longer the good life can continue.

The Sun is now around 4.5 billion years old. In a further similar time period it will exhaust the supply of hydrogen that drives the nuclear fusion which warms our
Earth, making life here possible.

In any given basement room of a well kept house can be found the
detritus of healthy living, golf clubs, gym equipment and a multitude of unfinished weekend home improvement projects. Temporary fixes become permanent installations. Extension cables wind from machine to machine, each in turn cannibalised to repair a fault in the next.

Once all the
Sun‘s hydrogen is converted into helium, this yellow dwarf will become a red giant, expanding beyond the orbits of both, Venus and the Earth.

In this final destructive phase of the
Sun‘s life the Earth will be consumed. The dying core of the Sun, a white dwarf, will be all that remains.

The sketch on the back of an envelope becomes the finished article. What does it matter if not everything is as it says in the technical manual...


The Sun Dies Anyway. Print edition.

The Sun Dies Anyway / Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
C-Print on archival paper and foil, 70 x 100 cm, Edition 3 + 1 AP
Original drawing from NASA satellite infra-red image of a
substantial coronal mass ejection.

Commissioned for

Künstlerhaus Stuttgart
June – July, 2011

Curated by
Adnan Yildiz, Michael Birchall and Regina Fasshauer

Photo / Video Hagen Betzwieser

Kindly supported by
SOLEKO Solare Energiekonzepte