Our Place in Space
Coming in February 2023 to the Ulster Transport Museum!
Our Place in Space is a 10km sculpture trail designed by artist Oliver Jeffers, astrophysicist Professor Stephen Smartt and a creative team led by Nerve Centre. It has already been experienced by over 300,000 people in across the UK, visiting Derry/Londonderry, Belfast and Cambridge to date. It's now off to Liverpool, before it returns to Northern Ireland to end it's tour at the Transport Museum in 2023!
The trail will be free to visit and will begin in the grounds of the Ulster Transport Museum at Cultra, before weaving its way onto the North Down Coastal Path and ending in Bangor. The trail and art 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, part of UNBOXED: Creativity, invites participants to consider how we might better share and protect our planet in future and what is the difference between ‘us’ and ‘them’? Alongside this fantastic coastal walk there will be an exciting schedule of events and learning programmes for people of all ages to enjoy!
The trail will be accompanied by the free Our Place in Space augmented reality app, available on Apple and Android, which will allow users across the world to take a journey through the solar system, experiencing the planets in augmented reality and considering 10,000 years of human history on Earth. On the trail, users will be able to collect space souvenirs including characters from the world of Oliver Jeffers, as well as launch a personalised star into space.
Our Place in Space is commissioned by UNBOXED and Belfast City Council. Led by Nerve Centre, the project is a collaboration between Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, National Museums NI, NI Science Festival, Big Motive, Taunt, Microsoft, Jeffers & Sons, Dumbworld, Live Music Now, Little Inventors, and Urban Scale Interventions.
UNBOXED: Creativity is funded and supported by the four governments of the UK and is commissioned and delivered in partnership with Belfast City Council, Creative Wales and EventScotland.