Orbis Tertius is an installation centered around a mechanical drawing device. Equipped with a pen, a machine draws endlessly dozens of thousands of lines on large sheets of paper, revealing every smallest volume of vast landscapes : alluviums, cliffs, rocks and boulders that build huge craters and mountain ranges. The process is long, the landscapes appear over hours and days.
These landscapes are not imaginary: all the details compose a faithful depiction of a real Martian area. From the probe currently orbiting Mars up to the small motor that lift and drop the pen on the paper, there is a whole chain of delays, transmissions and steps that is staged and shown in action in Orbis Tertius.
The reality of the depicted terrain is crucial to Orbis Tertius: the goal is to make visible the beauty of existing places, captured with a super high precision, but yet totally unknown to the public. After Earth and the Moon, Mars is the third World to be so mapped, analysed and digitally captured, and yet it is for many just a simple red dot occasionally visible in the night sky. Apart from the will to democratise a hidden beauty, it is also a tribute to technological achievements brought about by the sense of adventure and curiosity.