Voyager Life-Size Art at Westfield
A cool looking modern architectural artwork was installed overnight at my work premises. The chosen location for the piece is the grandiose Westfield Sky Lobby. It was hoisted high up amongst the futuristic structural pillars that guard the large entrance hall.
Created by Peter Hennessey the artwork is simply titled as ‘Voyager’. The life-size replica pays homage to the spaceship Voyager 1 that was launched back in 5th of September 1977 and still operational to this day.
I like the artwork due to its life-size dimensions. It gives me a feel for what we humans are capable of launching into space decades ago. It also reminds me of the impressive aeronautical space museum we visited in Washington DC a couple of years back.
I thought I might share a few things that impressed me about the original Voyager 1 while we are on the subject. It truly is a feet of human engineering.
The spaceship has now nearly clocked in an amazing 36 years of continuous space flight all while maintaining contact with the space engineers back on Earth. It is the furthest man-made object ever from Earth. To give you a feel for the distance it takes over 16 hours for a signal traveling at the speed of light to travel in one direction, by comparison it takes just over 8 minutes for the suns light to reach Earth. There is a live NASA tracker of just how far the Voyager 1 is.
This is the same spacecraft that is responsible for taking the famous Pale Blue Dot photograph – a shot of Earth suspended in a ray of sunlight from the furthest vantage point ever taken.
Pretty cool stuff if you ask me.