Stars converge at the Albert Dock
The Albert Dock is to host a free outdoor astronomy exhibition, ‘From Earth to the Universe’. The exhibition – which is sponsored by the world’s leading specialist picture agency, Science Photo Library – will blast off in Liverpool on the 7th June 2008. Visitors to the Dock will be able to view the prototype exhibition dockside before it departs on the 29th June this year.
Liverpool was specially chosen to premiere the exhibition due to its status as European Capital of Culture 2008. The exhibition will then go on to travel the world in the build-up to the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
The images are taken from the Hubble Space telescope and give a fascinating insight into the creation and workings of the cosmos.
The International Year of Astronomy 2009 will be a global celebration of astronomy and its contribution to society and culture. The aim of the year is to stimulate worldwide interest in astronomy and one of the cornerstone projects to facilitate achieving this goal is ‘From Earth to the Universe’.
To reach as many people as possible, the exhibition will be displayed in non-traditional venues such as public parks and gardens, shopping malls and metro stations in major cities around the world. The Albert Dock was an obvious choice.
Albert Dock Director, Joe Edge says,
‘We are delighted to be displaying such magnificent pieces of photography at the Albert Dock. As 2008 marks such a huge year for Liverpool, people from all around the world will be visiting the Dock and this display gives them the chance to see something unique in an unusual setting. The exhibition will be mounted along the railings of the Colonnades, from Nauticalia to Tate Liverpool. We have always felt that displaying such exhibitions furthers the Albert Dock’s ethos of providing each visitor with a totally unique experience. We are sure this exhibition will be appreciated by tourists, locals and businesses in and around the Albert Dock.’
Sales and Marketing Director of Science Photo Library (SPL), Maria Storey says,
‘It has always been a core aim of SPL to make science more accessible through our imagery, and develop communications between scientists, the public and the media. As you walk through the exhibition ‘From Earth to the Universe’ it feels easy to appreciate the beauty of the universe through this amazing imagery. Our minds are also challenged to understand the sheer size of some of these objects, the huge distances involved, and the smallness of man’s position within it.’
Prints of all images in this exhibition are available to purchase from www.sciencephotogallery.co.uk