Otto Rigan, the artist behind the Genesis sculpture at the entrance of Spaceport America, will be attending the ‘Open House‘ launching the Las Cruces Space Festival on April 7.
In 2015, the 11,000 pound steel sculpture “Genesis” was installed at the roundabout by the entrance to Spaceport America. Inlaid in the metal arc are glass and mirror elements that are designed to represent the stars in the summer sky over the Spaceport.
Sculpture Otto Rigan, feels a connection to the Southwest desert. Born at Edwards Air Force Base in Mojave, Rigan moved to Roswell, New Mexico aged 1. Both locations share a long history with space exploration so it was both fortuitous and fate that awarded Otto Rigan the opportunity to create a piece of art that reflected the symbolic mission of Spaceport America.
“I look forward to returning to Spaceport” Otto Rigan told Las Cruces Space Festival Director Jonathan Firth. “I’ve dropped by a few times over the years, but at my current distance it is unlikely that I’ll visit very often.”
The ‘Open House‘ at Spaceport America will run from 10am until 2pm on April 7. Registration will be required in advance to attend but the event is free. There will be opportunities to fly in to the Spaceport to attend the event. For all inquiries, please email LCSpaceFestival@gmail.com.