This is a good week for those who look to the sky. Last Sunday, much of the world was treated by a rare, red-moon eclipse of the moon, known as the Super Lunar Bloody Moon, and from today until February 14, Highland's Manhattan visitors will be able to "actually meet" the moon itself – take care Oliver Jeffers& # 39; installation, Moon, Earth and us,
Conceptually to to provoke a dialogue on the meaning or lack of significance of man-made boundaries, ground and moon replicas made of steel, foam and acrylic will transform Chelsea's high-end market between 15father and 16father street in a micro-solar system, The Earth, built on a scale of 8 feet in diameter, and The moon in two, both will be mounted at a height of 10 feet, approximately one block of flats, the ground being positioned so that it rotates slowly, almost imperceptibly, along its axis. Inside each a man-made boundary of this artificial land will read the simple inscription "People live here" The moonThe surface will outline the obvious: "No one lives here." Through this ambitious lens, Jeffers tries to emphasize how many random artificial constructions, such as boundaries and walls, are indeed matched with the magnificent space of space.
"I knew the same language I often used when describing Northern Ireland from New York's point of view."
The installation is also a study of the change in perspective that occurs when our planet is visible at a significant distance, the "Surveillance effect" usually reserved for astronauts and space satellites. The most famous example is Photo "Earthrise" by astronaut Bill Anders from the Apollo 8 mission on the eve of Christmas in 1968, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last December. The first photo to capture the earth in its entirety, in short, the lasso a global imagination that allows Americans to put aside the horrors of the Vietnam War to contemplate the cosmic power of the universe. "We saw our planet from above using satellite imagery, but the Apollo 8 crew was the first witness to the Earth's full Earth globe, rising in the distance, providing blobs of dazzling color against the alien landscape," cosmonaut Jim Lovell said about that at a time on live television. "Huge loneliness is inspiring awe and makes you realize exactly what you have on Earth."
Jeffers, a prolific illustrator and author of books for children from Northern Ireland, has made the globe and planetary travel a sort of motif in his work, which includes his illustrated books. Here we are: Notes on Living on Planet Earth and How to Make a Star, a child's story about the transforming power of exploration in space and the earth. "I've always created cards and globes to make political comments," said the artist who often found inspiration for Buckminster Fuller's initial work. Operating Instructions for Spacecraft Earth, a series of essays on man's challenges and idealistic solutions, as well as his own upbringing in Northern Ireland.
"When I was exploring what astronauts noticed watching the Earth at a distance from the Moon, I recognized the same language I often used when describing Northern Ireland from a New York perspective," he said, pointing to attempts to explain the complex to Britain geopolitically problems of the American audience. "But when you remove, when you get enough distance, you see the earth completely different." And he discovered that he took away the power of everyday life to bring emotional stress. During the eclipse, Jeffers is experiencing the same feeling of rest. "The sense of perspective that you get when the moon blocks the sun, you feel infinitely small, and you remain with the realization of how isolated we are." The installation, incidentally, rose only one day after one of the largest full moons. of the year.
This installation will be the most ambitious project of Jeffers, realized with the help of a designer Jason Ardzione-Westwho conceptualized the schemes and visualizations along with Showman Fabricators, and director Guy Reedof the Planetary Collective.
Eventually, Jeffers would like visitors to move away from the installation with a sense of awe, putting in perspective our own little worries in the wider context of our solar system. "People who have gone to see the earth in its entirety – each one has returned with a changed perspective. The realization that you can not see boundaries in space, that we are only part of a single larger system, that the lines of the countries are drawn randomly, the result of battles or tensions that really exist only in the imagination of people is first astronauts . "Today, he explains," people often get into the everyday life of their lives, which usually does not involve awareness of being part of a larger system. "
This installation is the second Jeffers project that will appear in New York this month. "For everything we know"Series of paintings and illustrations with cosmic curved, open in Gallery Bryce Volkovic last Thursday in Chelsea. These two works are part of a larger project that may soon have a more subdued aspect, but for now the artist's lips are sealed.