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Last Weekend, An Artificial Sun Shone In The Middle Of The Night In One English Town
November 18, 2013
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Here's one way of dealing with autumn's short days and long nights: install a large-scale simulation of the sun in the middle of your town's university campus. That's what happened over the weekend for Lumiere, a festival devoted to light-based artworks that takes place every other year in Durham, U.K. The work in question, "Solar Equation," was created by the Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. It's more that just a pretty balloon: the installation is actually a full-scale replica of the Sun, 100 million times smaller than the real thing. The surface of the 46-foot-wide balloon, was animated using 10 projectors fed with high-tech simulations based on the latest imaging from NASA. Lozano-Hemmer, who first created the piece for a festival in Melbourne, Australia, said of the work: "Every culture has a unique set of solar mythologies and this project seeks to be a platform for both the expression of traditional symbolism and the emergence of new stories."

Via The Atlantic Wire

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