A distorted tennis ball coming from space at ultra-high-speed is materialized, blocked a moment before its impact.

The bronze sculpture is part of the series The Dragon’s Eggsthe result of a collaboration with the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), which has equipped them with real muonic scintillators able to detect the passage in the sculpture of otherwise invisible subatomic particles, signaling them with a light impulse.

They are archaic elements, but allude to maximum dematerialization, to quantum entanglement, to the discretion of neutrinos.

They are “WIMP”, literally “good for nothing”, but in scientific jargon they represent the acronym of Weakly Interacting Massive Particle. 

The Dragon’s Egg is a communicator in which complex systems collide, that makes the invisible visible, speaking of gravitational waves, dark matter and multi-messenger cosmology.

It puts us indirect connection through a simple flash of light with a particle drifting, the witness of some gargantuan cosmic event that may have happened thousands of light years away from us.

Exhibition view at Edicola Radetzky, Milano. photo credit: Maurangelo Quagliarella

Exhibition view at Edicola Radetzky, Milano. photo credit: Maurangelo Quagliarella

Exhibition view at Edicola Radetzky, Milano. photo credit: Maurangelo Quagliarella

Exhibition view at Edicola Radetzky, Milano. photo credit: Maurangelo Quagliarella

Original Fermi telescope circuits (detail)

Original Fermi telescope circuits (detail)

Exhibition view at Edicola Radetzky, Milano. photo credit: Maurangelo Quagliarella

Exhibition view at Edicola Radetzky, Milano. photo credit: Maurangelo Quagliarella

INFN particle detector (detail)

INFN particle detector (detail)