100 Billion Suns

100 Billion Suns (Venice) was commissioned by Haunch of Venison and AnOther magazine, UK, curated by Matt Watkins, with photographs by Martin John Callanan and assistance from Nathan Thomas.

A place that exists only in moonlight

Supported by The Shifting Foundation
Printed and published by Kerber Verlag
With sincere thanks to David Breskin, Florence Ingleby and Richard Ingleby
For Isabel, Martin and Emory

All the Dead Stars

Guidance by Gregory Aldering; Cecilia Aragon; David Bishop; Tom Boles; Prof. Brian Boyle; Martin John Callanan; Holly Capelo; Prof. Alejandro Clocchiatti; Paolo Corelli; Dr Susana Deustua; Prof. Richard Ellis; Alessandra Frassati; Dr Emmanuel Gangler; Prof. Peter Garnavich; Gordon Garradd; Dr Gerson Goldhaber; Alex Gibbs; Dr Donald Groom; Dr Craig Hogan; Saurabh Jha; Dr Stephen Justham; Daniel Kasen; Prof. Ofer Lahav; Dr Weidong Li; Robert McNaught; Fabio Martinelli; Robert Meiklejohn; Berto Monard; Prof. Priya Natarajan; Peter Nugent; Dr Carl Pennypacker; Dr Robert Quimby; Prof. Michael Richmond; Joe Rowling; Dr Karl Runge; Dr Patricia Schady; Dr Brian Schmidt; Helen Sim; Prof. Gerard Smadja; Prof. Christopher Stubbs; Dr Mark Sullivan; Dr Mike Summers; and Prof. Stan Woosley. Fabricated by Peter Watts and Ronnie Faria, Powell Manufacturing; United Anodisers; and MDM.

Ancient Darkness TV

Commissioned by PERFORMA 09, USA. Part of PERFORMA TV. Co-presented by PERFORMA and Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Curated by Tairone Bastien and Defne Ayas. Supported by the British Council Darwin Now Awards. Aided by Prof. Richard Ellis, CBE FRS, California Institute of Technology; and W.M. Keck Observatory, USA.


Commissioned by The Lowry, UK. Guidance by Dr Steve Fossey, University College London Observatory, UK. Fabricated by Art and Film Fabrication.

As the World Turns

Fabricated by Art and Film Fabrication.

Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky

Commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for ‘Exhibition Road Show’, London Olympics, 2012. Produced by Keri Elmsly. Fabricated by AB3 Workshops, and Other Fabrications. Returned to space by the European Space Agency, with astronaut Dr Alexander Gerst. Support given by DREAM; The European Scanning Centre Ltd; Michael Hodgson; Insight NDT; and Haunch of Venison. Research aided by Peter Davidson, Senior Curator of Mineralogy, National Museums Scotland; and Prof. Monica Grady, CBE, Planetary Sciences, The Open University, UK. Film by Giorgia Polizzi with sound by Michael Hodgson.

Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole)

Commissioned by FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon, France. Created with Steven Pearce at Omega Ingredients, and Mark Emmington, KARM candles. NASA supplied the recipe for the scent of Titan, Saturn’s Moon.

Colour Field

Commissioned by Centre PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland. Created with photographer Nik Szymanek.

The Dying Star Letters

Guidance by Prof. Richard Ellis.

Dying Star Doorbell

Guidance by Prof. Adam Burrows, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton, USA. Support by Martin John Callanan.

Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata Reflected from the Surface of the Moon)

Developed with Moon-bouncers Peter Blair (G3LTF); Jan Brunier (DL9KR); Dave Dibley (G4RGK); Marc Franco (N2UO); Jay Lieberman (K5JL); Doug McArthur (VK3UM); Mike Melun (KL6M); Karl Mohlin (SM3AKW); Dave Powis (G4HUP); Piero Baldelli Rubes (I5CTE); and Peter Sundberg (SM2CEW). Piano lent by Marksons. Performed by pianists Samuel Foster; Stefano Greco; Jules Liu; and Phil Somervell.

Earth-Moon-Earth (4’33’’)

Developed with Moon-bouncers Mike Watanabe (JH1KRC) and Noriyuki Yaguchi (JH0WJF).

Every Night About This Time

Commissioned by Whitstable Biennale 2010 in partnership with Turner Contemporary, UK. With support from BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK; David Callanan; Martin John Callanan; Ken Doyle; Sue Jones; Valerie Kim; Prof. Ofer Lahav, Perren Chair of Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics, UCL, UK; Royal Native Oyster Stores; Alea Lani Dawson Schechter; Simon Steven; Nathan Thomas; Elizabeth Tophill; Kauakea Winston; and Chris Yates.

First There is a Mountain

Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and Arts Council England.

Fossil Necklace

Commissioned as part of Katie Paterson’s residency at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard, UK. Curated by Danielle Olsen, funded by the Wellcome Collection, and hosted by St Peter’s Church, UK. Fabrication with Roger Dunkin at HOLTS. Assistance given by numerous scientists including Dr Qasim Ayub, Wolfgang Heilemann, Rishi Nag, Luca Pagani, Dr Aylwyn Scally, and Dr Chris Tyler-Smith. Drawing by Fraser Muggeridge studio. Photography by Martin John Callanan

Future Library

Commissioned and supported by Bjørvika Utvikling, Oslo, Norway, and managed by the Future Library Trust. Supported by the City of Oslo Department of Cultural Affairs and Business, Department of Environmental Affairs and Transportation. Directed by Anne Beate Hovind, Bjørvika Utvikling’s Project Manager for the Slow Space Programme. Hosted by the Deichmanske Bibliotek, Oslo. Library room design with architects Atelier Oslo and Lund Hagem. The Future Library Trust includes Ingeri Engelstad, Editor-in-Chief of Oktober Press; Håkon Harket, Publishing Director of Forlaget Press; Anne Beate Hovind, Chairwoman; Simon Prosser, Publishing Director of Hamish Hamilton; and Liv Sæteren, former Director of the Deichmanske Bibliotek. Foresters are Eivind Johan Birkeland, Trond Enkerud, Vidar Veli-Matti Gjølmo, Jon Hagen, Knut Johansson, and Frank Thomassen. Authors to date include Margaret Atwood (2014) and David Mitchell (2015). Essays by Arve Rød and Lisa Le Feuvre. Assistance by Vibeke Hermanrud and Claire McAree. Films by Giorgia Polizzi.


Collaboration with architects Zeller & Moye. Commissioned by the University of Bristol, Life Sciences, and produced by Situations, UK. Donors to the artwork include: Robert Ritchie; Ardkinglas Estate, Argyll, UK; the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, USA; Bedgebury National Pinetum, UK; Col Martin; Department of Wood Science & Engineering Xylarium, Oregon State University, USA; Gary Green; Henk Bakker; Herbario Nacional de México; Keele University Arboretum, UK; Laboratory of Wood Anatomy and Xylarium of CNR-IVALSA, National Research Council of Italy, Trees and Timber Institute, Italy; Lionel Daniels; National Botanic Garden of Wales, UK; Pennsylvania State University, USA; Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University, Japan; Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, UK; Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK; Teruven Wood Xylarium, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium; University of Bristol, Department of Life Sciences, UK; USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, USA; Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, UK; Winkworth Arboretum, UK; and the Yorkshire Arboretum, UK. “What Do Artists Do All Day? Katie Paterson” documentary was produced by the BBC, and filmed by Ben Harding. Rachel Cartwright archived the wood collection. Guidance by a number of life scientists including Dr Jon Bridle, Dr Heather Whitley and Prof. Gary Foster. Fabricated by Millimetre. Website by Hello Monday, with sound by Adam Asnan and Carlo Amadio.

Inside this desert lies the tiniest grain of sand

Commissioned by Whitstable Biennale 2010, UK, as part of Every Night About This Time. Created with Prof. Neal Skipper and the team at London Centre of Nanotechnology, UK. In memory of Prof. Mike A Horton. Photography by Martin John Callanan

Langjökull, Snæfellsjökull, Solheimajökull

Aided by the Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory, University College London, UK.

Light bulb to Simulate Moonlight

Created with Dr Dieter Lang, Principle Researcher, Physicist and Engineer; Dr Andreas Wojtysiak; and Alfred Wacker, OSRAM, Germany. Fabricated by OSRAM in Nové Zámky, Slovakia. Support by Martin John Callanan

Second Moon

Commissioned by Locus+ in partnership with Newcastle University and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, UK. Supported by Arts Council England, UK; Adelaide Festival, Australia; and Newcastle City Council, UK. Produced by Locus+ with production support from Elmsly. App design by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Supermono.

Streetlight Storm

Commissioned by Vauxhall Motors, in partnership with Turner Contemporary and Whitstable Biennale, UK. Support from David Callanan; Martin John Callanan; Dover District Council; Kent County Council; Future Creative; Ken Doyle and Paula Dean; Dr Martin Fullekrug, Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Bath, UK; and Dr Dieter Lang, OSRAM, Germany.

The Cosmic Spectrum

Commissioned by Turner Contemporary. Supported by the Arts Council England. Created with support from Professor Ivan Baldry, Professor Richard Ellis, and Dr Steve Fossey.

Timepieces (Solar System)

Designed with Fraser Muggeridge studio and fabricated by Art and Film Fabrication. Guidance by Dr Steve Fossey, UCL; and Prof. Ian Robson, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, UK.


Commissioned by the Arts Council Collection, as part of their 70 th Anniversary Commissions 2016; and by The Lowry, as part of ‘Syzygy’ and ‘Week 53’ Festival. Image donations from the Astronomical Society of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Detroit Observatory, Michigan, USA; Hamburg Observatory, Germany; Hopkins Observatory, Massachusetts, USA; Lowell Observatory, Arizona, USA; the University of Illinois Astronomical Observatory, USA; South African Astronomical Observatory, Cape Town. Fabricated by Millimetre. Print by Tapestry.

Vatnajökull (the sound of)

Commissioned by Modern Art Oxford, UK, and supported by Virgin Mobile. Fabricated with Ken Doyle. Sponsors include Dolphin Ear; Iceland Express; Eagle Air; and Routesafe.

Photography and image credits

Paul Abbit, Blaise Adilon, Martin Argyroglo, Johnna Arnold, Flora Bartlett, Ben Blackall, Christopher Burke, Martin John Callanan, Jim Campbell, Hong Cheolki, Colin Davison, Volke Döhne, Marc Domage, European Space Agency, Thomas Farnetti, Kathryn Faulkner, Paul Green, Hamburg Observatory, Vibeke Hermanrud, Kristin von Hirsch, Cui Junjun, Andy Keate, Peter Legris, Ken Lennox, John McKenzie, Max McClure, Peter Mallet, Andrew Meredith, Fraser Muggeridge studio, Zeller & Moye, Irene Pérez Hernández, Giorgia Polizzi, Ed Reeve, Remis Ščerbauskas, Simon Steven, Jerry L. Thompson, We Are Tape, Marco De Scalzi, Skoyts AS, Francis Ware, Hans Jürgen Wege, Steve White, Kauakea Winston, and Jens Ziehe.