Blue background with white shell outline for Orbit Pavilion

Orbit Pavilion

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Satellites that study the Earth are passing through space continuously, collecting data on everything from hurricanes to the effects of drought. NASA's Orbit Pavilion sound experience is an outdoor installation that produces an innovative "soundscape" experience representing the movement of the International Space Station and 19 Earth Science satellites. Inside the large, shell-shaped sculpture, distinctive sounds are emitted as each satellite passes overhead: a human voice, the crashing of a wave, a tree branch moving, a frog croaking. Each sound interprets one of the satellites' missions.

Orbit Pavilion is the brainchild of Dan Goods and David Delgado, visual strategists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who worked in collaboration with composer Shane Myrbeck and architect Jason Klimoski of StudioKCA. The exhibition inaugurates a new initiative at The Huntington focused on creative collaborations with other organizations. The project, called Five, pairs The Huntington with five different organizations over five years, bringing in a range of contemporary artists who will respond to themes drawn from some aspect of the collections. The Library’s aerospace history holdings made this first collaboration with NASA/JPL a perfect way to launch the new initiative.

The Five initiative and the presentation of Orbit Pavilion at The Huntington are made possible by a generous gift from The Cheng Family Foundation. Additional funding for Orbit Pavilion was provided by Kim and Ginger Caldwell and the Judi and Bry Danner Fund for Presidential Initiatives.

Orbit Pavilion at The Huntington


Aerospace in Southern California
The history of the aerospace industry in Southern California and its intersections with contemporary culture are the focus of this panel discussion, presented in conjunction with the exhibition of NASA's Orbit Pavilion.

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