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AER( )SCULPTURE: A Free-Dimensional Space Art

Part of the Advances in Sol-Gel Derived Materials and Technologies book series (Adv.Sol-Gel Deriv. Materials Technol.)


Functional materials usually find uses in technology. This contribution is, therefore, quite unusual for a scientific and technological handbook as it presents a series of silica aerogel-based aer( )sculptures realized by the artist since 2002.


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    A legend says that these “non-handmade” aer( )sculptures made out of pieces of sky had caused the ozone’s hole phenomenon!…

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    Another legend wants the aer( )sculptures to be transferred by spacecrafts to other planets in order to be used for NASA’s Sky Cloning Project (cf.


  1. MICHALOU(di)S I (2004) Aer( )sculpture: the enigmatic beauty of aerogel’s non-entity in a pilot art & science project Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 350:61–66

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The author wishes to thank Dr. Michael Droege, Dr. Larry Hrubesh, the Agricultural Cooperative of Kato Ktimeni, the A.S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Mrs. and Mr. Papadimitriou, the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens (Greece), Mrs. Katerina Koskina, Mrs. Ayako Ono, Ms. Yi Zhou, Dr. Nicholas Leventis, Dr. Michel Aegerter, Dr. Himanshu Jain, Dr. Steven Jones, Dr. Sharad Bhagat, Mrs. Mari and Teti Georgantopoulou, Mrs. Mariliza Papadouri, Mr. Marios Vazaios, Mr. Vassilis Philippatos, Mr. Iannis Roussos, Mr. Alex Liakopoulos, Mrs. Sylvie Blanchet, the Hellenic Union of Physicists, the ERT World Channel, Mr. Maccimo Pizzocaro, Mrs. Elissavet Laloudaki, Mrs. Iris Kritikou, the Museum of Town of Karditsa, Mrs. Fenia Lekka, and all the anonymous collectors of Bottled Skies.

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Michaloudis, I. (2011). AER( )SCULPTURE: A Free-Dimensional Space Art. In: Aegerter, M., Leventis, N., Koebel, M. (eds) Aerogels Handbook. Advances in Sol-Gel Derived Materials and Technologies. Springer, New York, NY.

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