Epic solar system trail returns to Northern Ireland

A unique sculpture trail is set to arrive into North Down in February, offering one last chance to experience a journey through an epic scale model of the solar system.

Credit: media.ireland.com

Exploring what it means to live life on planet Earth, Our Place in Space is an astonishing three-dimensional expedition through our solar system.
 
Incorporating a 10km sculpture trail and an interactive AR app, the super-squashed solar system installation, at a scale of 591 million to one, returns to Northern Ireland from 24 February to 26 March.
 
Beginning at the Ulster Transport Museum in County Down, Our Place in Space will follow a newly installed pathway, opening onto the scenic North Down Coastal Path. It then stretches through the beauty spot of Crawfordsburn Country Park, finishing on the pier in the seaside town of Bangor.
 
To date, over 300,000 people in Derry~Londonderry, Belfast, Cambridge and Liverpool have experienced Our Place in Space.
 
The North Down installation offers one final opportunity to wander around the giant mini solar system along with the stunning locations of the North Down Coastal Path.
 
The installation features scale models of the Sun and planets, recreated as contemporary art sculptures. Colourful arches house each planet with an arrow and the name of the planet lit up in Las Vegas-style lights.
 
Our Place in Space is part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, a celebration of creativity taking place across the UK, and the delightful blend of art and science was created by a team led by acclaimed artist and children’s author Oliver Jeffers, who grew up in Belfast but is now based in New York.
 
He worked with a team that includes award-winning composer, producer and sound artist Die Hexen and astrophysicist Professor Stephen Smartt of Queen’s University Belfast. They were joined by the Nerve Centre, a leading creative media arts organisation based in Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland’s second-largest city, where the trail was first installed last April.
 
Both an attraction and an immersive learning experience, the sculpture trail is free to explore and is accompanied by a programme of learning activities and special live and virtual events.
 
In North Down, Our Place in Space will be located along a public walkway which is accessible to pushchairs and wheelchairs, with ‘trail guardians’ positioned at the start of every interplanetary journey to provide information and equip trail-goers with a map.
 
North Down Coastal Path is one of the most popular walks in Northern Ireland, while Crawfordsburn Country Park is home to two excellent beaches, spectacular scenery and views across Belfast Lough.
 
After an Our Place in Space interplanetary journey, an exploration of the Ulster Transport Museum, housing one of Europe’s most comprehensive transport collections, will make a fantastic ending point. Alternatively, the thriving holiday town of Bangor, recently named Northern Ireland’s newest city, will make a wonderful escape to the seaside.

Press release by media.ireland.com

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