This should not be funny, but it really is.
“Spaceship Earth” has crashed to the ground.
Barely three months after the $1 million sculpture was unveiled at Kennesaw State University, it collapsed in the middle of the night — all 175 tons — perhaps because of faulty glue.
What was intended as a gift for future generations rested instead as a pile of rubble Wednesday, blue rocks chipped and scattered in front of the Social Sciences building. The engraved phrase “our fragile craft” was visible amid the debris.
“Kind of ironic,” said Mary-Elizabeth Watson, a university employee. “I had no idea it was made up of so many pieces.”
News of the sculpture’s demise brought more questions than answers from the Finnish-born sculptor who created the piece and who goes by one name: Eino.
“How can stone collapse by itself?” he asked. “I’m devastated.”
Eino (pronounced Ay-no) called the sculpture Spaceship Earth to honor David Brower, an environmentalist. The sculpture depicted a bronze figure of Brower standing on top of the world. On Wednesday, the figure of Brower rested under debris.