Tom Sachs X Nike Mars Yard 2.0
Artist Tom Sachs is set to launch 'Space Camp' in New York City later this week, in collaboration with Nike. Described as 'an experience in physical strength building and manual dexterity', this gruelling obstacle course-like event will also be accompanied by the short film The Hero's Journey, directed by Van Neistat.
Described by the New York Times as a work to 'stress the importance of failure in art and athletics (and in outer space)', Sachs and Nike have also conjured up a tie-in footwear collaboration for the occasion, itself a product of failure. In 2012, to celebrate the opening of Sach's SPACE PROGRAM: MARS art installation, the duo produced the Mars Yard Shoe – a conceptual sneaker that incorporated the same vectran fabric utilised in the Mars Excursion Rover airbags. Unfortunately, it was discovered that the material 'breaks like a paper clip' over time if folded too much in the same spot. As a result, the duo have revisited the design, replacing the NASA-made fabric with trusty ol' mesh for a release dubbed the Mars Yard 2.0.
Judging by a countdown timer on the NIKECraft website, it looks like the Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard 2.0 will release on June 8 to coincide with the launch of the Space Camp program, though exact details are yet to be announced. Head to the Nike website to book your spot.