Passage to TOI-700 d (the New World)
Shieh’s sculpture takes its title from the name of a recently discovered Earth-sized planet with conditions that scientists estimate may be potentially habitable to humans, given the theoretical compatibility of water. The tunnel’s futurist aesthetic evokes the science fiction trope of the human search for life on another planet as a necessary outcome of environmental degradation on Earth. A lens presents an illuminated illusion of a sun at the end of a portal-like structure suggesting that space exploration as a solution for global warming is an elusive mirage.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Daniel Shieh is a Taiwanese-born artist who investigates what is considered foreign to the United States. Shieh’s solo exhibitions include: “Breaths/Touching Slowly” at GSD Kirkland Gallery (Cambridge, MA) and “Familiarly Foreign” at Wave Pool (Cincinnati, OH). His outdoor installations have been exhibited by I-Park Foundation (East Haddam, CT), Franconia Sculpture Park (Shafer, MN), and Josephine Sculpture Park (Frankfort, KY). He has been invited as an artist in residence to the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, France), Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA), ACRE (Steuben, WI), Anderson Ranch (Snowmass Village, CO), Fountainhead (Miami, FL), LMCC Arts Center (Governors Island, NY), Stove Works (Chattanooga, TN), and NARS Foundation (Brooklyn, NY). Shieh received an MDes from Harvard University and is based in New York City.