STARGAZING WITH CONTRAILS
THE NATHAN MANILOW SCULPTURE PARK, UNIVERSITY PARK, IL
Stargazing with Contrails by sculptor Terry Karpowicz is essentially a stationary orbital sky-map. The sculpture, commissioned for the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, invites visitors to turn their gaze upwards at the sky. Its focal center is cradled obliquely by beams denoting vapor trail channels. Perforations on a tilted center wheel approximate a dense pattern of star constellations and tether centuries-old mythology to a contemporary aeronautic spectacle. The work features archaic and current models of an encumbered phenomena –– cosmic trespassing and diagrams about the fate of the universe.