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Majestic ‘Space Lounger’ Sculpture Takes Flight in Florida Science Center

BySamantha Nguyen

May 16, 2024
The Space Lounger Touches Down at Suncoast Science Center

The “Space Lounger” sculpture, a masterpiece created by Canadian painter and sculptor Viktor Mitic, has officially touched down at the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab in Sarasota. Standing an impressive 20 feet tall, this awe-inspiring work of art is made of upcycled materials, steel, and painted fiberglass and pays homage to the ancient Mayan astronaut carving with a contemporary twist.

Mitic, who has spent most of his life living and working in Toronto, is now a Sarasota resident. He works in his tropical beachside studio, where he enjoys the views of his very own “Sculpture Studio Garden” – a museum-like backyard that he is also proud to share with visitors. He was inspired to create the sculpture after visiting the UFO museum in Roswell, NM.

“I stumbled upon a captivating photograph suggesting an unconventional theory: that a Maya sarcophagus lid may depict an ancient king piloting a rocket ship,” Mitic says. “I was intrigued by this fusion of ancient art and futuristic concepts and felt compelled to create my own interpretation. Utilizing upcycled materials, I jumped on a project to create a colorful and contemporary representation of this scene.”

Mitic first met Ping Faulhaber, Co-founder and Director of Suncoast Science Center, through his friend, Diane Barth, Director of Johnson Singer Foundation. “I was kindly offered a tour of the science center,” shares Mitic. “With the coordinated efforts of Jenn Sams Scott, Steven Piskoty, Eric McGrath, and a dozen super strong students

By Samantha Nguyen

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