Third Paradise in space: take part in a global collective artwork

You have the chance to contribute to a global collective artwork to help save the planet, as the Third Paradise project heads into space on the International Space Station.

As part of this unique coming together of space and art, you can combine your own photo from earth with images captured by European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who is on the space station on a five-month mission.

The combined images then form part of a large, online interactive mosaic.

This project is aimed at raising awareness about preserving the earth – the fundamental aim of the Third Paradise project, created by Italian modern master Michelangelo Pistoletto.

Independent Schools Victoria is the Australian Ambassador for the Third Paradise, holding the first forum in Australia during our Arts Learning Festival earlier this year.

The Third Paradise’s artistic symbol is an extended mathematical infinity symbol, made up of three circles – bringing together nature and science in harmony.

How it works

Download the free SPAC3 app, which allows you to combine your own photographs with images taken by Paolo Nespoli from the International Space Station.

You can choose from six themes drawn from the United Nations’ 2030 agenda for sustainable development, covering the themes of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership.

You can then combine space photos by astronaut Nespoli, with your earth image, using the symbol of the Third Paradise.

Once shared through Twitter, your work becomes part of the interactive mosaic in the frame of the Third Paradise, populated by up to 1000 images at a time.

Coloured dots form mosaic in the Third Paradise symbol.

Each circle on the Third Paradise mosaic represents a combined image.

What Michelangelo Pistolleto says

The Italian master draws upon the importance of the symbolism of humanity and technology coming together in the VITA project. VITA stands for Vitality, Innovation, Technology and Ability, with the mission logo incorporating the Third Paradise symbol.

The combination of the photos taken in space with those taken on earth allows the Third Paradise symbol to be communicated in a universal way, he explains.

‘It’s an original way to put people together,’ he says.

But he points out this is just a starting point: people can explore what the Third Paradise symbol means, then follow through with practical action.

‘They can find the meaning and activate themselves,’ he says.

Find out more

Pistoletto Foundation’s website

The SPAC3 website