The Stealth Pavillion

Posted: June 06, 2013
The Stealth Pavillion

Dutch artist Paul Seger's Stealth Pavillion is an art installation and thematic exploration of heterotopia, the idea of anti-space within a expressed context. I know. I hate it too when people define a word that doesn't mean anything to me with other words that don't mean anything to me. So for our purposes, I will describe the Stealth Pavillion as a flying interstellar pod that Batman built when Superman invited him to play bocce on Krypton, and then later donated to humans to convert into a sweet BBQ pit.

Currently on display in Groenekan, Netherlands, the Stealth Pavillion figuratively incorporates the "stealth" technology of Lockheed Martin's F-117 Nighthawk. As the Nighthawk deflected radar signals to remain undetectable while in use, the Pavillion encompasses the concept of thwarting recognition and creating a "free zone" in these times of everyone (ahem, Facebook stalkers and US government organizations) being all up in everyone else's business. Seger's aesthetic nod to advanced aerospace equipment reflects his belief that this sort of privacy can no longer be accomplished without the aid of extremely complex and high-tech systems. Seger should mind meld with Adam Harvey, creator of computer vision camouflage concept CV Dazzle and counter surveillance clothing line Stealth Wear.

The literal composition of the Stealth Pavillion consists of decidedly simple materials, including steel, aluminum, and wood. The structure measures 29.5' x 9.8' x 13'.

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