The Eagle Nebula’s Great Pillars

Located in the constellation of Serpens, the Eagle Nebula is a very luminous open cluster of stars surrounded by dust and gas. The three pillars at the center of the image, made famous in an image by the Hubble Space Telescope, are being sculpted by the intense radiation from the hot stars in the cluster.

Credit: National Optical Astronomy Observatory

Divers thought they found a real-life Atlantis after discovering ‘pillars’ and 'paved floors’ off the coast of Greece, but the strange rock formations were actually created by concretion, a natural phenomenon where cement forms in the sediment when microbes use methane that escapes from the sea floor as a source of energy. Source Source 2


kinematope [gare d'austerlitz]

Public installation by Pablo Valbuena animates the pillars of a future train platform with timed sequential lighting - video embedded below:

kinema- : motion (from gr. kínêma)
-tope : place (from gr. topos)

Kinematope is a site-specific installation developed for Nuit Blanche at the Gare d’Austerlitz in Paris. It takes place at a future train platform of the station, half kilometre long.

Kinematope is specific twice over. First, for being formulated as a response to the perceptual qualities and inner structure of the place it activates. Second, because its kinematic nature is directly connected to the function of the train station itself: transit, transport, motion.

Kinematope uses ephemeral and intangible materials, projected light and sound, to set the space in motion. It makes use of elements from the cinema apparatus to generate a spatial film. It is a direct filmic experience that omits the mediation of the camera, transporting the observer into a virtual space-time and maintaining at the same time the real, physical bonds of the body with its environment.

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