Palm-3 World Station

by Simón Vega

Simón Vega’s Third World space station is the largest sculpture in his Tropical Space Proyectos series commenting on the effects of the Cold War in Central America through his ironic and humorous views on the Space Race. Palm-3 World Station represents his interest in catastrophe-escaping space vehicles as well as his concern about who will be left behind. The sculpture, based on the Soviet space station Mir, is 150 feet long, 80 feet wide, and 50 feet tall. It has 30 modules containing all the trappings of shanty towns in his native El Salvador: mini marts, pupuserias, apartments with TVs left on, clothing lines, flickering lights, hissing gas lines, sirens, and people in “happy poverty.” These materials and motifs draw a sharp contrast to the technology of space and punctuate the economic inequality and effects of a polarized society.

Palm-3 World Station

Obsessed with history, politics and popular culture, Simón Vega of El Salvador creates a playful fusion between the first and third worlds. His sculpture often parodies Cold War spaceships and capsules, Mayan pyramids, modern buildings and contemporary surveillance systems. Vega has represented his country in the 55th Venice Biennial and the IX Havana Biennial and exhibited in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.

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