Look there, in the Texas sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … a banana? In an art installation sure to launch a thousand UFO conspiracies, Montreal artist CÃƒÂ©sar Saez plans to send a 1,000-foot helium blimp in the shape of a banana into low Earth orbit over the Lone Star State.
From the site:
This is a daring action, defiant like a cowboy act.
And the banana is macho and phallic, they say.
It is in Texas because it has oil,
and a lot of Walmarts, Exxons and Halliburtons. (and The Ranch)
It is a buffoon act, trying to impressÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Texan dominant Aerospace, and all the Gun Clubs.
At the end it as a Show, a banana in the sky is an odd celebration to spectacle,
to the advertisement industries; and to the Warhol Art.
It is also stupid. They are going to spend one million dollars on this? I wonder what it would cost to build a small rocket that could reach that altitude (100,000-160,000 feet) that would blow the thing out of the sky? Hmm…