When the first man-made satellite, Sputnik, was launched by the Soviet Union over 60 years ago, it’s hard to imagine its designers and engineers, in their pursuit of technological achievement, were ever considerate of the beauty of what they were creating. This pioneering, beeping metal sphere would change the course of history, initiating the Space Race and prompting the creation of a host of extraordinary technological objects, such as the almost mouse-like Sputnik 3 satellite and the ‘saucepan-on-wheels’, Lunokhod lunar rover.
This series documents many of those objects, in celebration both of the achievements of the Soviet space program are Injected with a shock of hot pink for the installation cosmic Pop, all of which are iconic objects of that era, a vivid memorial to the conquerors of space ; featured in charming but brutal designs.
It is particularly notable how the designs of the Soviet program progressed: from the ‘bolt-on’ aesthetic of early Space Race technology to the increasingly homogeneous look of later years, many designs began to mirror, and copy those of their US counterparts.
Created by visual designer James Ball , a pseudonym as the artist has chosen to remain anonymous. Most of his works fusses colour, subtle restorative manipulation and vintage and modern tech.