Mission Possible: Astronaut Nicole Stott launches dolphin design for The Big Splash

Astronaut, author and artist Nicole Stott has designed a dolphin sculpture for The Big Splash, this year’s Hospice Isle of Man’s ‘Wild in Art’ fundraising campaign.

The veteran NASA astronaut drew on her spaceflight experiences as inspiration for the design, which will be painted by Manx artist Kate Summerville.

Nicole’s ‘Space Dolphin’ will be among more than 30 other sculptures of dolphins and their calves to feature in an island-wide public art discovery trail this summer.

Nicole, who was the first astronaut to have painted with watercolours on a spaceflight, said: ‘I wanted my design to convey the message that my Space Dolphin is on a mission that’s “off the Earth but for the Earth”, and for it to illustrate the vital connection between personal and planetary wellbeing. That message has been brilliantly interpreted by Kate.’

Hospice Isle of Man chief executive Anne Mills said: ‘All of us at Hospice have been truly overwhelmed and not a little humbled by the amazing response we’re seeing to The Big Splash. This stellar collaboration between Nicole and Kate is yet another example of how The Big Splash is inspiring artists and designers “to boldly go” in support of Hospice Isle of Man’.

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