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Get a striking view of Earth from space on the Lower East Side

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Howard Halle

If you're passing by 159 Ludlow Street near the corner of Stanton Street on the Lower East Side, you might be forgiven for thinking you've blasted off into space with Elon Musk or something: Sebastian Errazuriz, a Chilean artist who lives and works in New York City, is live-streaming a view of the Earth taken from an orbiting NASA satellite. He's projecting the feed on a circular screen placed in an empty lot between two buildings there.

The piece is called blu Marble, the spelling being a tip-off that e-cigarette brand blu is sponsoring the installation (or artvert if your prefer), which is recording our lonely planet in real time, 24/7. Errazuriz describes his far-out effort on his Instagram account as an "[a]ttempt to provide a platform to see ourselves from a macro perspective, a tiny instant within a much larger space and time continuum," which sounds very Carl Sagan-y when you think about it.

Rendering of Sebastian Errazuriz on the side of the New Museum
Sebastian Errazuriz
Photograph: @sebastianstudio on Instagram

Errazuriz has also envisioned a version of blu Marble that would be projected high on the side of the New Museum building on Bowery at Prince Street, though, as reported by Bedford + Bowery, he's not sure he'd need permission to do it. (Our guess: Yup!). Still, it is the sort of thing the New Museum would do, so, who knows?

Photo of Sebastian Errazuriz with blu Marble on Ludlow Street
Photograph: Charles Sykes/AP Images for blu

In the meantime, if you want to feel like Major Tom floating ’round his tin can, Errazuriz's space oddity will be blowing minds until April 14.

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