I’ve often wondered what our monuments would be in a thousand years, how would posterity remember us? The Nugegoda flyover? Most of what we build today is for five year investment horizons, not for eternal life or the Gods. Here’s a novel thought though, what about our communications satellites, in geosynchronous orbit around the earth? These satellites aren’t going anywhere, and could remain there long after life disappears from the earth.
Seeing them as a monument, the photographer Trevor Paglen is packing the EchoStar XVI television satellite with 100 photographs micro-etched onto a silicon and gold disc. I think this is the actual images, not a data representation. Perhaps this will be our monument to the stars, preserved in a man-made satellite, circling the earth in what they call a graveyard orbit. Check out the Creative Time project for more.