Tom Sachs’ Space Craft

Published May 16, 2012

In his art work, sculptor Tom Sachs consistently recontextualizes the iconography of modernity. He recreated Le Corbusier’s 1952 Unité d’Habitation, using only foam core and a glue gun; built a McDonald’s with plywood and ragtag kitchen appliances; and even looked to the heavens with a model of the Apollo 11 Lunar Excursion Module.

In tandem with the opening of his latest and grandest exhibition, SPACE PROGRAM: Mars at the Park Avenue Armory, Sachs collaborated with eminent sporting goods brand, Nike, on a capsule collection that marries Sach’s aesthetic approach to space travel with the Nike sensibility. Entitled Tom Sachs: NIKECraft, the collection contains a variety of footwear, bags, and outwear, utilizing innovative materials that have never yet been used in sportswear. Each piece, with materials sourced from automotive air bags, mainsails from boats, and space suits for astronauts, is infused with a functionality that would prove necessary for space travel.

Prices vary between $380-$700. The collection will be available at the Park Avenue Armory Pop-Up Shop in New York, Colette in Paris, 10 Corso Como in Milan, and Opening Ceremony online, among other retailers.