12 August 2013Katie Paterson / Second Moon

Katie Paterson
Second Moon, 2013 

A fragment of the Moon, couriered around the earth for one year.

Second Moon tracks the cyclical journey of a small fragment of the moon as it circles the Earth, via air freight courier, on a man made commercial orbit.

Second Moon will launch from the British Science Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne on 8th September, on a year long journey from September 2013 to August 2014, that will see it moving in an anti clockwise direction across the UK, China, Australia and the USA. Orbiting at approximately twice the speed of our Moon, over one year Second Moon will orbit the Earth 30 times.

Second Moon is visualized through a (free) App that tracks the lunar meteorite in relation to the user’s location, the Moon’s location and the orbits of the other planets in our solar system. Mobile tablet devices and projections displaying Second Moon will be positioned in different locations across the world.

Second Moon has been commissioned by Locus+ in partnership with Newcastle University and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

Supported by Arts Council England, Adelaide Festival, Newcastle City Council, Mead Gallery and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Produced by Locus+ with production support from Elmsly. App design by Fraser Muggeridge studios and Supermono.