The DSV Alvin explores the RMS Titanic at the Asisi's panoramic display "TITANIC – The Promise of Modernity" in the Panometer in Leipzig, Germany.
The DVS (Deep Submergence Vehicle) Alvin is a manned deep-ocean research submersible owned by the United States Navy and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The vehicle was built by General Mills' Electronics Group in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Named to honor the prime mover and creative inspiration for the vehicle, Allyn Vine, Alvin was commissioned on 5 June 1964. The submersible is launched from the deep submergence support vessel RV Atlantis (AGOR-25), which is also owned by the United States Navy and operated by WHOI. The submersible has made more than 4400 dives, carrying two scientists and a pilot, to observe the lifeforms that must cope with super-pressures and move about in total darkness, as well as exploring the wreck of Titanic.
The Titanic Panorama is less about the actual disaster in 1912, and more about the way the destruction of the passenger ship represents the hubris of man, who has been deluding himself into believing he can conquer nature from the beginning of time. Visitors find themselves some 3800 metres below the surface of the water. Diffuse, artistic lighting allows guests to explore the tragic extent of the disaster in a large-scale circular image. The two parts of the devastated wreck can be recognised, as well as many individual daily items, technical equipment and luggage strewn about. Asisi uses the Panorama to stimulate a sense of fascination for the grand feat of engineering that gave way to the British liner, while also questioning our ability to ever truly overcome nature. The display of the destroyed wreckage in the depths of the Atlantic also reflects on the fleeting nature of human existence and accomplishments. Thousands of tons of steel corrode on the sea floor and the once splendid furnishings and technical equipment of the approx. 40.000 tonne passenger ship resemble an expanse of ruins being slowly reclaimed by nature.
The Leipzig Panometer is an attraction in Leipzig, Germany. It is a visual panorama displayed inside a former gasometer,
accompanied by a thematic exhibition. The Panometer was created in 2003 by the Austrian-born artist Yadegar Asisi,
who coined the name as a portmanteau of "panorama" and "gasometer". He opened another Panometer in Dresden in 2006.