Artist: Mike Jones
On a clear crisp autumn night, we thrill at the magic of shooting stars.
In the season of harvest end, at the edge of bountifulness and the chill of winter. These spectacular travellers from beyond our world are traces left behind by our solar systems greatest traveller of all, Halley’s Comet.
They lift us beyond our earthly preoccupations and their falling light trails carry with them our hopes and dreams.
In this installation we echo the dynamism of a meteor shower with pulses of light cascading down across the White Cart River in two interlocked fans of light. Set to the enchanting music of Avo Part. Pause and lose yourself in this web of light.
Halley’s Comet is arguably the most famous comet. It returns to Earth’s vicinity every 75 years. The last time it was here was in 1986, and it is projected to return in 2061.
Comets are big ‘dirty snowballs’ made up of ice, dust and gas.
When comets hit our atmosphere, they are travelling very fast, usually between 30 and 40 thousand kilometres an hour!