Space Noise Landscape

Maite Iribarren (Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and College of Engineering)

A major difficulty for the space-ready magnetometer is filtering out noises in the form of distortions in the magnetic fields created by magnetic storms. The largest and most disruptive of these are coronal mass ejections (CMEs). In the process of making Space Noise, I created another piece. I arranged the remaining negative steel cut sheets of the sculpture to compose an abstracted hypothetical depiction of a CME in space. The steel sheets are overlaid and separated by an inch of wood, creating depth where the cut-outs on the front sheet expose those on the back. This cut-steel unconventional take on a landscape painting hangs from the two ends of wood coming out the sides of the main steel body.

This piece, created following an Art/Sci residency with Professor Moldwin in his climate and space science lab, is on display in the Climate and Space Research Building on the U-M campus.