The Milky Way inspired this piece: swirling forms stream through space, some adazzle, some dim*, as if glowing through cosmic dust. A shimmering white curtain pierces the gridlines of altitude and azimuth–the strict physics of the universe can’t contain its hopeful reach. Soft white and violet-pink stars twinkle and gleam in an image of quiet joy. I could gaze at this one forever.
The artist began construction of this piece in March 2020, when the world shut down. It’s Lumencrafter’s beacon of hope.
Atlas of the Stars photographed in the drive shed and garden of our good neighbours, David Prentice, luthier, and Susette Godin, painter.
Atlas under construction:
*Some may have caught the echo in my copy from Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Pied Beauty, so here it is.
Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
–Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1877