Artificial Constellations

The Urban Stargazing project focuses on bringing back the stars in the city sky by recreating existing constellations and adding new ones, narrating old and contemporary myths about London. Twelve groups of stars have been installed at different locations in the city, and can only be observed by the naked eye at night time. Hit the jump for a map showing each constellation with their corresponding coordinates. To go on a stargazing walk, enter the latitude/longitude of any constellation on a web mapping application.

Designer: Oscar Lhermitte


  • WZhangID says:

    It is vague how they actually plan on creating the artificial stars, but I do see it involves giant sling shots, jumpsuits and mustaches.

  • Jason says:

    I was confused at first. Then I saw the last two pictures… I’m so lost…

  • steve says:

    Extremely vague. I saw a few cranes in a few photos, and the end showed them posed with giant slingshots, but still have no idea how the ones without cranes in them were created. How do you get giant floating lights to stay in the air, without anything supporting them? I don’t like “magic”. This article comes across as underwritten.

  • Kid says:

    A mustache is a statement. Of what? I don’t know.

  • WZhangID says:

    Ok, I think I get it now. Only took me half a day.

  • Ray says:

    So to solve a problem caused by light pollution, they’re going to fire lights into the sky?

    Problem: Greenhouse effect
    Solution: Add gas to fires so that smoke blocks out sun.

  • stan says:

    You can find more explanation on his website

    Each constellation is a triangulated struture made out of clear ø 0.6mm nylon line, ø 0.2mm polyethylene braid, ø 0.75mm fibre optic and a solar powered LED. During the day, the battery is being recharged by the solar panel and the circuit switches ON the LED when it is dark enough to observe stars.
    In order to have the constellation in the air, the team uses a telescopic catapult to fix the structure on top of trees.

  • Good idea, this will make the stars visible again for the next generations after all the pollutions that overshadowed every city, this will help bring up the star once again

  • Rio says:

    i thought it was UFO or something, haha

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