Earth Day: “Our Place in Space” arrives in Northern Ireland on April 22nd!

Our Place in Space debuts in Derry-Londonderry on 22 April, on the occasion of Earth Day: an amazing journey through our solar system, recreates it through a 10 km sculpture path that explores what it means to be inhabitants of our planet.
Hosted by the Bay Road Park on the banks of the River Foyle, it will be in Derry-Londonderry until 22 May and subsequently from 10 June to 10 July it will be transferred to Belfast (between Divis and Black Mountain), while from 30 July to 28 August it will be set up in Cambridge, to return to Northern Ireland from 17 September to 16 October, between the Ulster Transport Museum and the North Down Coastal Path.

This incredible installation is the fruit of the work of a very special team, led by acclaimed Northern Irish artist, illustrator and writer Oliver Jeffers, who grew up in Belfast and currently resides in New York.
Its particular sculptures, 4 meters high, undoubtedly contribute to making it unique, including scale models of the sun and each of the planets of the solar system: a fun attraction and at the same time an immersive learning experience, it can be explored in person, but even anywhere in the world through an interactive augmented reality (AR) app.
And for the entire period of its presence in the different locations that will host it, it will be accompanied by a wide program of live and virtual activities and events.

A fun program with the attempt to beat a record to reflect on how to better live on Earth

On Saturday 23 April, the day after the official debut, the Nerve Center – producer of Our Place in Space – will give life to a curious happening, attempting to beat the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as astronauts.
The current record counts 257 astronauts and the spacesuits worn must meet stringent criteria as set forth by the Guinness World Records. And to make sure everyone is ready for the mission,
Our Place in Space will host a series of workshops prior to the attempt, providing all the materials needed to best craft your costume. Open to space explorers of all ages, the event offers the opportunity to be involved in a fun, truly unique cosmic mission and to feel part of a record-breaking undertaking.

The “ground control” during the day will be led by Mark Langtry, television presenter and referent of Explorium, the Irish national science center. To make the party atmosphere even more joyful there will also be circus performers, special guests and surprise prizes will be drawn for some of the best costumes.
The Our Place in Space app will be available on Apple and Android devices and will allow users to take a walk through the solar system, exploring planets and even 10,000 years of human history on Earth through augmented reality.
Through the app it will also be possible to collect space souvenirs, including characters from the world of Oliver Jeffers, but also to launch a personalized star into space.
The main purpose of the project is to invite people to understand what it means to live on Earth in 2022 and to reflect on how human beings could better protect our planet in the future.

From creating a star to writing a symphony for the universe, inventing a new form of transport to connecting with space observers in Vietnam, Our Place in Space will ensure that the gaze on the solar system is no longer the same. same. The route is one of 10 major creative projects part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, a celebration of creativity taking place across the UK in 2022.
To develop the idea of Our Place in Space, Oliver Jeffers worked with a team that includes the Nerve Center, a major creative arts center based in Derry ~ Londonderry, as well as award-winning composer, producer and sound artist Die Hexen , astrophysicist Stephen Smartt of Queen’s University Belfast and many others.

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