'One Billion Objects in Space': a sculpture for North West Cambridge by Tania Kovats

Mar 26th 2014

Tania Kovats is nearing the end of her year long Residency at North West Cambridge where she has been working with the Institute of Astronomy. She has been profoundly inspired by the Institute's role in the remarkable space observatory Gaia, which will map the Milky Way in unprecedented detail. She will be producing a spectacular sculpture entitled 'One Billion Objects in Space' as the culmination of her Residency and her work with the Institute.

'One Billion Objects in Space' will constitute a kind of sculptural universe and Kovats is inviting members of the public to get involved by contributing a small metal object to be part of the sculpture - as small as a washer, but no larger than a bicycle wheel. These metal objects will be suspended from a steel structure and located within one of the large barns on the North West Cambridge Development site. Tania Kovat's sculpture will be one of the first public artworks that people can enjoy on the North West Cambridge development.

Tania states: "The Institute's role in the remarkable space observatory, Gaia, is to explore how the galaxy is made up of over one billion stars. This inspired me to think about the process of mapping and how it takes place, for instance when there is no north, no reference point to begin with. This has been my inspiration for the public art project at North West Cambridge when one of the barns will be transformed from donations of metal objects from the local community to represent how outer space might be mapped."

The artist is calling for donations of metal objects to be included within her sculpture. Bring your contribution to the metal collection point outside the Guildhall in Cambridge City Centre on 29 March 12-4pm.

Installation of the sculpture will take place in May and the exhibition will be open to the public in June. It is part of the North West Cambridge Public Art Programme managed by Contemporary Art Society and InSite Arts.


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Tania Kovats

May 2013 to April 2014



Tania Kovats

Tania Kovats' practice encompasses sculpture, installation, drawing and time-based works exploring our experience and understanding of landscape.
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