The Space Lounger Touches Down at Suncoast Science Center

A Dazzling Rocket Ship: The “Space Lounger” Sculpture at the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab

The “Space Lounger” sculpture, a masterpiece created by Canadian artist Viktor Mitic, has found its new home at the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab in Sarasota. Standing at an impressive 20 feet tall and made from upcycled materials, steel, and painted fiberglass, this sculpture pays homage to the Mayan astronaut carving with a modern twist.

Mitic, who has recently become a Sarasota resident and works in his tropical beachside studio, drew inspiration from his scenic surroundings, including his very own ‘Sculpture Studio Garden’. The idea for the sculpture came to Mitic after visiting the UFO museum in Roswell, NM. Upon seeing a photograph suggesting that a Maya sarcophagus lid might depict an ancient king piloting a rocket ship, Mitic was intrigued and felt compelled to create his own interpretation.

Using upcycled materials, he embarked on a project to create a colorful and contemporary representation of the scene, resulting in a towering rocket-like structure that stands out for its unique form. Mitic’s connection with Ping Faulhaber, Co-founder and Director of Suncoast Science Center, came through a mutual friend, Diane Barth, Director of the Johnson Singer Foundation. After a tour of the science center and discussions on the intersection of science and art

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