Martin Sjardijn (born 1947) is a painter, sculptor, digital artist and conceptual artist, who has created the Weightless Sculpture Project. He was born in The Hague, The Netherlands. He Studied Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Art and for some years Cultural Sciences and Philosophy. After painting for many years, he started in 1985 the Weightless Sculpture Project. In 1990 he began to use the Internet to work with virtual reality, such as head-mounted displays and Datagloves with tactile feedback, at The Technical University in Delft.
Since 1998 he has been developing an Art and Educational Project using interactive 3D technology with vrml in collaboration with the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands. His main project is Weightless Sculpture, which he began in 1985 with the concept " A Line in Outer Space - Visible from earth - with the naked eye - At clear nights."
This statement was sent to press-agencies worldwide in 1985. Christo was the first artist who gave his reaction. Soon after Harald Szeeman also sent a letter.
Sjardijn made an animation at the Digistar Planetarium Computer in the Omniversum in The Hague and exhibited in the Municipal Museum of The Hague.
One of his concepts is called ArtSpaceLab, which contains a virtual exhibition, a database and a proposal for an artproject inside the International Space Station. The virtual Coop Himmelb(l)au Pavilion gives access to a database, containing a big collection of free software and (video)tutorials as used by Sjardijn.