Space Seed

Space Seed is an interactive sculpture about both birth and doom. Invites the visitors to crawl in and explore its interiors. The public work was commissioned by Kvalitena for Tommy Myllymäki’s restaurant Aira on Biskopsudden and inaugurated on 8th of October 2020. On the same day, when the Draconids meteor shower was expected to cause spectacular star falls in the evening sky over the entire Northern Hemisphere.

Meteorites are believed to have been of great importance for the origin of life on Earth but also caused mass extinctions. The climatic changes caused by the impact of the Chicxulub meteorite on the Yukatan Peninsula in Mexico, 65 million years ago are considered to be the main reason of the dinosaurs extinction.

The sculpture is 650 kg and the outer shell of it is dark brown, similarly to the characteristic surfaces of the meteorites, which is a reminder of its journey through the Earth’s atmosphere before the violent impact, when the exterior begins to burn from the heat generated by the friction. While the inside surfaces of the Space Seen are polished to a mirror finish, as a symbol or reference to the presence of life.

Our sculpture is inspired by the Danish-Swedish architect and sculptor, Egon Möller-Nielsen’s work, The Egg (Tessinparken). By crawling around it, you can activate several senses, which is also our intention with the Space Seed. To playfully involve the passers-by in a physical contact, into a story about this dramatic natural phenomena, as the the artists formulated.

Photo: Jean-Baptist Béranger


Photos: Jean-Baptiste Béranger


Illustration by Johan Mats
Sourced from Wikipedia. Two boys in the Willamette Meteorite, at the AMNH in NYC, in 1911. From the New York Times archive, originally a courtesy photo from AMNH.
Willamette meteorite, detail


Photos: Studio Bigert & Bergström