Cosmic Dancer Sculptures

Original Cosmic Dancer sculptures made by Resident Artist Arthur Woods.

The Cosmic Dancer sculpture was the first three-dimensional art work specifically designed for a space habitat that was officially sent into space. Its mission was to investigate the properties of sculpture in weightlessness. Launched on May 22, 1993 to the Mir space station, the Cosmic Dancer was on the Mir station for a number of years until the Mir space station was deorbited in 1991. The original Cosmic Dancer was never returned from space.

Gennadi Manakov

Cosmonaut Gennadi Manakov unpacking the Cosmic Dancer and moving it into the Mir station.

Cosmonaut Alexander Polischuk

Cosmonaut Alexander Polischuk dancing with the Cosmic Dancer and the Cosmic Dancer in the Mir spacesuit chamber.

To finance the spaceflight the I created 99 versions of the sculpture. Each Cosmic Dancer is made out of welded aluminum tubing and is the exact same size (35 x 35 x 40 cm) and shape as the one launched to the Mir space station. Each one is painted in a different color composition making each Cosmic Dancer a unique and original artwork. At the time of the spaceflight in 1993, not all of the sculptures were sold. The Cosmic Dancers pictured on this page are from the original group of 99 sculptures and are currently available for purchase. Each sculpture is signed by the artist.

Different color variations are available.

Project details, background information and video can be found on this page:
The Cosmic Dancer on the Mir Space Station

Please also visit the Cosmic Dancer website.

The Cosmic Dancers can be shipped worldwide and shipping including crating and insurance is included in the price. Import and customs fees are not included and must be paid by the purchaser.

Any sales will be dedicated to promoting the Greater Earth project and to the realization of the other art interventions listed on the Greater Earth website.

Price: CHF 5’000.00 each.

Cosmic Dancer (Green)
Cosmic Dancer (Green)
This painted version is similar to the original sculpture sent to the Mir space station.


Cosmic Dancer (Blue)
Cosmic Dancer (Blue)
Each Cosmic Dancer is painted in a unique color scheme.


Cosmic Dancer (Metallic)
Cosmic Dancer (Metallic)
Each Cosmic Dancer is painted in a unique color scheme. This version is painted on polished and brushed aluminium.


Cosmic Dancer (Multicolored )
Cosmic Dancer (Multicolored )
Each Cosmic Dancer is painted in a unique color scheme. This is a multicolored version.


Cosmic Dancer (Black)
Cosmic Dancer (Black)
Each Cosmic Dancer is painted in a unique color scheme. This version is mostly black.