Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of the World – Ursula Lassos the Moon

Name: Ursula Lassos the Moon

Artist: Studio Vertigo

Unattainable, even divine and spiritual, the moon has long been thought of as an enchanted and mysterious object. While no woman has yet stepped foot on the lunar surface, women have long been associated with the moon. In mythology it is often represented as female and both have endured narratives of conquest throughout history.

Over 50 years since the first moon landing, NASA have announced that by 2024 its Artemis program will see the next footprint made by a woman. The artwork attempts to combine the natural beauty of the moon with this narrative of mystery and capture reworked with a female protagonist named Ursula.

Ursula Lassos the Moon is a very realistic representation of the moon, apparently removed from its orbit and lassoed to a boat. The high-definition 3D projection sphere reproduces surface details and textures that are normally only visible through access to a high-powered telescope. The Moon hovers in the air and rotates gently, while its crisp white projection casts a cool glowing light onto the ground.




Studio Vertigo is a collaboration between Lucy McDonnell and Stephen Newby who work internationally to create light installations and sculpture. They create work that questions the relationship between objects, viewers and their environment.

Their work has been shown internationally and recently been commissioned for Amsterdam Light Festival, Lumiere Durham, Uppsala Light Festival, CPH Copenhagen Light Festival, Vilnius Light Festival and Taiwan Lantern Festival.

Fun Facts:

The boat has been lent to Paisley Halloween Festival by the Castle Semple Sailing Club.

When the Moon first formed over 4 billion years ago, our planet was spinning much faster than it does today – a day would only have been about 5 hours long!


With special thanks to Andrew MacDonald of Castle Semple Sailing Club, a small friendly sailing club based at Lochwinnoch, for providing the loan of the boat.

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