He’s not just an artist. A better way to describe Tom Sachs is that he’s a “envisionist”. From what he sees as “could have” possibilities, Sachs devises artworks of unimaginable scales and scope, like his depiction of NASA‘s space program to Mars, in his studio in New York. On the eve of his SPACE PROGRAM: Mars exhibit, Sachs fathomed a post-exploration life on the fourth planet and the result was his NIKECraft Collection with Nike.
Conceptualized within the contexts of an extraterrestrial lifestyle under extreme circumstances, Sachs’ approach to the designs was one near artisanal, crafted in his signature D.I.Y. methods. Since resources would in shortage in outer space, Sachs utilized whatever is salvageable and conduced them into functional wear. Recycled automotive air bags, used mainsails for boats, even Astronauts’ spacesuits became base materials for the collection’s Mars Yard Shoe, the Trench, The Marsfly Jacket, and the Lightweight Tote. Functional aesthetics found throughout, Sachs fashioned parachute cords in pull strings, zipper pulls doubled as storage compartments, even the lowly periodic table was now a decor for the reversible trench coat. The NIKECraft Collection will be the closest thing the rest of us will have to a journey to Mars.