OBSERVATORIES: We look to the sky and face our roots.

The first photography of the moon was made in the Observatory of Paris.
On the way to the dome you step on a blue carpet. A stairway to the stars.

 

Stairway to the moon (Selenography)
Ink and Shellac Ink on Paper
86cm x 122cm

 

 

Proposal

„Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards.“
Søren Kierkegaard

 

How can we understand “time”? If I held a thread in my hands
as if it was lifetime, then this thread is divided into three sections:
the past, the present and the future. They are lined up one after
the other. No intermediate sections: three simple, clear facts.
Every living being has these three sections; any object has these
three sections. The earth has these three sections and the universe
has them too. It does not matter whether one thread is longer than
the other: the three sections are present, always.

But how is it time to be understood? Do we understand time
when we look into space? In space there is an answer to the future,
but not the future as the answer. Because the information,
created out of the universe with the most modern technology,
are already past until they are recognizable for the human in the
present. So when we look into the present, we look into the
past. And from the past, we can concludethe future.

 I wanted to search for past traces of the spots in which the future has been researched.

 

 

 

 

The following drawings show a selection of the series “We look to the sky and face our roots”.

 

 

Observatoire de Paris
Ink on Paper
86cm x 122cm

 

 

Louis XIV founded the Observatory of Paris in 1667. It was built on the meridian of Paris.
The 4 corners of the drawing are shown the symbols of the researchers who were involved in the construction of the observatory.

Adrien Auzout and Jean Picard invented the crosshairs.
Jaques Buot measured the inclination of the Saturn ring.
Bernard Frénicle de Bessy researched in magical squares.
Jean Picard was the founder of geodesy.

 

Le méridien de Paris
Ink and Shellac Ink on Paper
86cm x 122cm

 

 

Radcliffe Observatory, Architecturally inspired by the Tower of the Winds in Athens
Oxford University, England
*The tower of the winds in Athens was built by the mathematician,
architect and Astronomer Andronikos built by Kyrrhestes.

 

Radcliffe Observatory,
Architecturally inspired by the Tower of the Winds in Athens
Oxford University, England
Ink on Paper
86cm x 122cm

 

 

Aristarchus of Samos (320-250 BC).
He was the first Greek astronomer we known, who convinced the heliocentric world-view.

 

Homage to Aristarchus of Samos
Observatory Athens, Greece
Ink and Shellac Ink on Paper
86cm x 122cm

 

 

 

Michelson-Haus, Observatory Potsdam, Germany
Ink on Paper
86cm x 122cm

 

 

Double stars can be detected with the large refractor.

 

Great Refractor Potsdam, Germany
Ink and Shellac Ink on Paper
122cm x 86cm

 

 

The inquiring minds and business sense shook hands by the planning and implementation
of the public observatory Urania in Zurich. For ensuring the economic base, the observatory tower
is architectonically connected with a commercial building.

 

 

Urania Sternwarte, Zurich, Switzerland
Ink and Shellac Ink on Paper
86cm x 122cm

 

 

 

„THE STARS OF MOUNT GRAHAM“
The Crown Dancers of the San Carlos Apaches in Arizona had to transfer their land to the stars.
On their sacred land was build the “ Mount Graham International Observatory” the University of Arizona in
partnership with the Vatican.
The Apaches are not allowed to visit their sacred land anymore.

 

Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope
Mount Graham International Observatory
Arizona, USA
Ink and Shellac Ink on Paper
86cm x 122cm

 

 

 

 

In the dome of the former castle Meudon the third largest lens telescope of the world was installed.
It is called Grande Lunette (big glasses).

 

 

Grande Lunette
Observatory Castle Meudon with Refracting telescope, France
Ink and Shellac Ink on Paper
122cm x 86cm

 

 

 

 

 

The French physicist Hippolyte Fizeau measured the speed of light in 1849 from a little town called Suresnes to Montmartre Paris. The experiment was repeated and confirmed by the Physicist Alfred Cornu. He measured the speed of light from the Observatory in Paris to the Montmartre.


The Paris Society in 1849 and the speed of light,

Observatoire de Paris, France
Ink and Shellac Ink on Paper
244cm x 258cm

We look to the sky and face our roots
Fabra observatory on the rooted mountain, Barcelona Spain
Ink on Paper
86cm x 122cm

Nicolaus Copernicus brought the turning point in astronomy.
The Copernican worldview saw the sun in Center of our universe.
Johannes Keppler added that the planets circle elliptically around the Sun.

 

First the rotation, then the ellipse
Copernicus and Keppler
Ink and Shellac Ink on Paper
61cm x 86cm

 

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