urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte
 
urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte
jun 28, 2011

urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte

urban stargazing – a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte(above) the urban stargazing team all images courtesy oscar lhermitte

 

 

 

french-born, london-based product designer oscar lhermitte has created ‘urban stargazing’, a series of 12 artificial constellations depicting traditional and contemporary myths around the city of london. recognizing the current downward trajectory of city dwellers and their attention for stars, the project seeks to refocus their presence in the night sky by installing new and site-specific constellations that can be observed with the naked eye. constructed out of ø 0.6mm nylon line, ø 0.2mm polyethylene braid, ø 0.75 mm fibre optics and LED lights, the ‘stars’ are fixed to their location using telescopic catapults. secured by nearby trees, the lights are charged by tiny solar panels during the day and automatically switches on when it is dark enough to see. each design references a specific story that is relevant to the city of london, such as ‘the mosquito’ which relates to the unique species of the insects discovered in the london underground in 1985, and ‘the irish giant and hunter’, after british surgeon john hunter and his work with the corpse of charles o’brien, a 2.34 meter tall giant who’s skeleton rests at the hunterian museum in lincoln’s inn fields.

 

‘urban stargazing’ was conceived for the royal college of art summer show and will be on view until 3 july, 2011. for more information on the project and to do a star gazing walking tour, click here.

urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte ‘the mosquito’ set up at its location

urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte ‘the mosquito’ at night

urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte ‘the triangle’

urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte ‘the irish giant and hunter’

urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte ‘the ring’

urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte ‘the brick’

urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte ‘the v2’

urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte ‘the guitar’

urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte the ‘urban stargazing’ team

urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte make-up of constellation

urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte

urban stargazing - a series of 12 artificial constellations by oscar lhermitte

  • maybe Londoners don’t pay much attention to the stars because the sky is always fogged/clouded over and combined with the light pollution, it’s virtually impossible to see stars?

    dbkii
  • incredible

    rr
  • amazing amazing amazing

    staring
  • thoughtful work.
    i like this

    Nar8iv

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