heARTbeat: 88,000 Photos = Two Years Worth of Sky

ColumnEven after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “You owe Me.” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.

As summer gasps its last hot breaths, it may make one nostalgic for gazing up to the heavens on a warm night, to take in the expansiveness of the sky. The Skycatcher Wallpaper by Jonathan Puckey and Luna Maurer gives us a reason to step back and appreciate the impermanence of moments as captured by the artists.

The visualization takes place over the course of 2 years. In that time, over 200,000 images were scanned by Sky-Catcher, a project by Maurer, that takes a picture of the sky above Amsterdam every 5 minutes. Each vertical strip in the installation equals one day, and contains 144 images that change by the size of the blue bar: a visualization of daytime.

Says the Museum De Paviljoens, which sponsored the exhibit:

The wall print contains a wealth of information that reveals itself to a close observer. Even within the dark night images, there is much to discover: fireworks on January 1st, the Moon, swirling plumes of smoke. On a few occasions, the night is remarkably light, due to the fact that falling snow is reflecting the shine of the Moon, stars and street lights.

Indeed we can stand transfixed by the view as the sky is brought to us on a horizon. The Skycatcher Wallpaper does the impossible: it holds the sky forever captive for our amazement.

Inspired by a post on My Modern Met.

Eco, trends, art, creativity and how they tumble through social media to shape culture fascinate EcoSalon columnist Dominique Pacheco. Her trends blog, mixingreality, speaks to these topics daily, and here at EcoSalon, she takes a weekly look at the intersection of eco and art. We call it heARTbeat.

Dominique Pacheco

Dominique Pacheco is the author of EcoSalon's weekly heARTbeat column.