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Taking the Galactic Census

One Billion Objects in Space installation opens in June

A temporary installation by Tania Kovats, Gaia's artist in residence, opens in June as part of the Public Art Programme for the North West Cambridge Development.

One Billion Objects in Space is a sculpture developed through the artist’s research and collaboration with the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy. The work is inspired by the Gaia mission which aims to chart a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way.

Kovats uses metal donated by local communities of Cambridge in a sculptural installation attempting to map and represent outer space, and invite viewers to reflect on big numbers and the complexities of mapping the universe. The use of metal also acts as a link to the earth's liquid inner core of iron nickel alloy that generates the magnetic field around the planet.

You can see the installation at The Simplex Barn, North West Cambridge Development, Gravel Hill Farm, Madingley Rise, Madingley Road CB3 0FU. The installation will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11-4pm from 6 - 22 June 2014.

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