"Philanthropy begins in space it seems." - Pete McKee
This work was created for Pete's 2022 Don't Adjust Your Mindset exhibition. At first glance this work may appear abstract. In fact, it depicts rows of anti-homeless spikes on a pavement. This “hostile architecture” is designed to prevent rough sleeping. Close up they look intimidating, casting eerie shadows; a small army, protecting their zone from unwanted guests.
The title of the work is a play on Richard Branson’s quote about his business, Virgin Galactic, which offers the extremely wealthy the opportunity to fly to outer space. Ticket prices start at around $450,000. Branson states that he wanted to “turn the dream of space travel into a reality - for my grandchildren, for your grandchildren, for everyone.” These conical shapes, their colour echoing Virgin’s branding, evoke rows of rockets, lined up and ready for launch.
“Space travel is clearly not for everyone. I find it depressing that some of the worst off aren’t even allowed to sleep on a dirty street whilst the wealthiest can afford to nip up to outer space.”
This image is available as an art print, produced on high-quality paper and available unframed or framed. This image is also available on canvas.
Unframed art print*
Small print: 40cm x 40cm
Large print: 60cm x 60cm
*Dimensions include a white border that surrounds the image and measures approximately 5cm.
Please note that unframed prints take 1-3 working days to be printed and an extra 1-2 working days for delivery. Unframed prints are available the same day from the McKee gallery for collection only.
Framed art print
Mounted and framed in a bespoke, glass, black angled frame. Made by the gallery's local framer.
Small framed print: 43cm x 43cm (approx)
Large framed print: 63cm x 63cm (approx)
Please note that framed prints take 7-10 working days to be made up and an extra 2-3 working days for delivery.
Our canvases are hand-stretched onto chunky pine frames with hand-folded corners. Our McKee images are printed onto the canvases with high-definition printers to produce sharp, high-quality images.
Canvas: 31cm x 31cm
Please note our canvases can take up to 7 working days to be delivered or to be collected in store.