The Spirits That Lend Strength Are Invisible II (Meteor Extraterrestrial Material)
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Sigmar Polke, the medium fairy, strikes again with The Spirits That Lend Strength Are Invisible II.

You could spend your entire life guessing what this piece is made of and you would never even get close so I’ll just tell you. It’s made from meteoric granulate and artificial resin. “WTF is that?” you ask. Well, Polke decided it would be a chill idea to get a little ~extraterrestrial~ in his work and use meteor dust with a layer of resin on top to hold it in place. You know, so the art wouldn’t just dust off onto the floor. Wouldn’t that be awkward?

There are a bunch of The Spirits That Lend Strength Are Invisible’s. Exactly 5. They are all made from crazy things like silver leaf, Neolithic tools, artificial resin, pure tellurium blown onto artificial resin, ground meteor particles, and layers of nickel and silver nitrate. Desperate for originality there, Polke? It worked though. No one else in the art world is trying SCIENCE! on canvas. The series of paintings actually change and adapt based on their surroundings. Whaaaat? These works “involve the use of pigments and chemistry that alter with exposure to light and air, effectively making the painting a living, breathing organism.” On top of all the trippiness, it’s also gigantic. It stands at an impressive 13 feet by 9 feet just to really let all of those feelings about your insignificance in the universe sink in.




  1. "Sigmar Polke Facts". Web. 21 Apr. 2017.
  2. "SIGMAR POLKE: SILVER PAINTINGS". Michael Werner Gallery. N.p., 2015. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.
  3. "Sigmar Polke, The Spirits That Lend Strength Are Invisible II (Meteor Extraterrestrial Material), 1988". SFMOMA. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.