Art at Planet

Inspiring and exploring creative possibilities at the intersection of art, aerospace and our planet.

Art on Satellites

DOVE SATELLITE, BUILD 12 COVERED IN ARTWORK

Planet has created the largest art show in Earth’s orbit. Facilitated by artist Forest Stearns, illustrations from the our employee community and the Artists in Residence are laser etched into the side panels of every satellite we launch to space.

WE HOLD A BEDROCK BELIEF IN THE POWER OF THE ARTS TO ENRICH, CHALLENGE AND EXPAND OUR UNDERSTANDING OF LIFE ON EARTH.

Our Artist in Residence program places artists from traditional and emerging fields shoulder-to-shoulder with scientists and technologists doing some of the most innovative aerospace work in the world today. Participants produce powerful works of art, engage the public, and ensure our mission driven work is always informed by the artist's perspective.

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Artists in Residence

AiR, ERIKO YAMADA, ILLUSTRATING ASTRONAUT WAKATA

Activating Both Sides of the Brain

Planet’s AiRs are chosen five times a year, and may come from any creative field, including the visual, performing, digital, or the musical arts. Participants join our team for three months, during which they are provided with a stipend and studio space at our offices in San Francisco. During their residency, AiRs are exposed to a wide variety of scientists, technologists, and other creative professionals, and otherwise participate actively in the life of the company. While no technical scientific knowledge is required, interactions between the artists and the rest of the team in encouraged, and often sparks unconventional ideas and collaborations that bridge art, science and the planet. At the end of the residency, we work with each AiR to ensure their work is presented to their colleagues and to the public at large.

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Featured AiR

Rachelle Reichert:

Almost pixel by pixel, Rachelle Reichert deeply studies and meticulously translates her subject matter onto the smooth paper substrate. As a resident artist her daily process is slow, articulate and methodical. Stroke by stroke she builds the layers and renders the surface of the Earth. Working directly from Planet data, dissecting winding roads, sharp cast shadows and fluffy edgeless clouds, she celebrates the minute changes in strong value. She chooses the locations to illustrate based on where she personally has set foot. The haphazard compositions come straight from the satellite captures adding tension and drama to the chiaroscuro masterpieces. Reichert's prolific works are exhibited widely and coveted by collectors.

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Artists in Residence Alumni

Forest Stearns
Director of Artist in Residence, Illustrator and first alumni of the AiR
Artist Website

Eriko Yamada
Graphic Storyteller
Artist Website

George Zsidiadis
Playful Visual Artist
Artist Website

Carmen Olson
Narrative and Scientific Illustration
Artist Website

Meredith Scheff King
Watercolor and Multimedia
Artist Website

Jeremiah Allen Welch
Futuristic Conceptual Psychedelic Painter
Artist Website

Hannah Rothstein
Conceptual Artist and Painter
Artist Website

Joshua Ellingson
Illustrator
Artist Website

Livien Yin
Fantastical Journalistic Illustration
Artist Website

Rachelle Reichert
Alchemical Drawing and Sculpture
Artist Website

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