- Fletcher: And this color, red, it doesn’t make much sense to me.
- Low: What would be better?
- Fletcher: Blue makes more sense… Space is blue.
- Low: No Dr. Fletcher, Space is black!
The whole thing is well worth a read, particularly for noting that, while Presidents and candidates love to talk about NASA, it’s the legislative branch (responding to the Office of Management and Budget’s requests) that shares responsibility for the year-to-year funding of the agency.
“I’d love to do something like put a piece of moon rock on Mars and a piece of Mars on the moon, a sort of reverse archaeology,” she said while in San Francisco recently to install her two-work show at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. No land artist or found-object sculptor has thought this big before. And, in Texas eight years ago on an artist’s residency, Parker got as far as interesting NASA in her proposal to send a meteor back into space.
“They seemed very enthusiastic,” she said, “but I think they had a lot of political problems around that time, there was all this anti-NASA stuff. Then I got back to London, and tried to do it long-distance, and it was much harder. And there was all this talk about why are we spending American tax dollars supporting a British artist. It got a lot more problematic. So I thought about approaching the Russians.” A ripple of laughter announced that that move never got beyond the thinking stage.