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The reproduction of our solar system as a 10km sculpture trail planned by artist and author Oliver Jeffers is coming to Cambridge this summer after very successful installations in Derry-Londonderry and Belfast. Our Place in Space, a critically lauded collaboration across art, science, and technology, is part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, and is an epic scale model of the solar system developed by artist and children’s author Oliver Jeffers, with a 10-kilometer three-dimensional sculpture path.
An interactive augmented reality app, as well as substantial instructional and events programs, are all part of the initiative. Everyone is welcome to visit Our Place in Space, which is completely free. Our Place in Space invites participants to consider how we might better share and protect our planet in the future, and what is the difference between ‘us’ and ‘them,’ from creating a star to writing a symphony for the universe, inventing a new mode of transportation, building a Minecraft planet, or connecting with space watchers around the world.
It takes our solar system to Earth and then sends us soaring into the stars in search of new views and to reevaluate what it means to be on this planet. Oliver Jeffers created Our Place in Space with the help of renowned astronomer Professor Stephen Smartt. It was created by Nerve Centre Collective, Northern Ireland’s largest creative media arts centre, and incorporates music by award-winning sound artist Die Hexen.
Our Place in Space, which stretches from Midsummer Common in the centre of town and along the riverfront to the Woodland Trust’s Cow Hollow Wood in neighboring Waterbeach, symbolizes the scale of each planet and the distance between them, beginning with the Sun. Organizers have been working with partners on the ground in Cambridge, such as navigation authority Cam Conservators, the City Council, and Cambridge University, to make the path a reality in the run-up to the route’s opening. Along with the path, a launch events program with intergalactic tours, STEAM activities, stargazing, live music performances, and film screenings will animate the city center from July 30-31.
While the path is in Cambridge, local residents can become Trail Guardians or volunteers to help improve and support visitors’ experiences as well as assist with events and programming. The path is accompanied by the Our Place in Space augmented reality app, which is accessible for Apple and Android devices and allows people all over the world to walk around our solar system, experiencing the planets in augmented reality and thinking about 10,000 years of human history on Earth. Users will be able to acquire space souvenirs, such as figures from Oliver Jeffers’ world, as well as launch a personalised star into space.