The Sky Day Project’s grand ambition is to inspire people to appreciate the beauty and function of the sky, understand that it is a globally shared resource, and that it deserves our protection. Step one of this citizen science/citizen art initiative is to create a massive artistic collage of the world’s skies, for viewing on the web and at galleries around the world. Check out the Sky Day Project video here.
How to participate: Take a few moments ANYTIME between now and Sky Day (September 22, 2017) to look up at the sky and reflect on it. The sky is not just something way up there but all around us. It is the air we breathe and the water we drink. It supports all life and protects us from the harshness of space. It wraps completely around our planet and connects us all as one global family, living and breathing under one, shared sky.
Now, use your creativity to photograph the sky. No-one sees the sky quite like you do! All photos must be sky-exclusive. This is very important! The Sky Day Project challenge is to find a spot where your picture is the sky ONLY – nothing else. Any hint of people, lamp posts, mountains, horizons, trees etc. will get weeded out by our collage filters and will not get into the final artwork. We’ve posted a 60 second video ‘Easy Guidelines for Taking Sky Day Project photos’ here. Images of the night time sky are welcome and encouraged.
To enter your image into the global collage, simply tweet your photo by 22 Sep 2017 and include the following two hashtags: #SkyDayProject #NU_CCRG
How to see the global collage: Sky Day Project will be available for viewing on-line at Sky Day Project beginning on Sky Day – Friday, September 22. The global collage is interactive – filter it according to night or day, participating group, or nation. And if you’re in the Chicago area, the Sky Day Project collage will be on display at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium through Sunday, September 25!
We’re looking forward to seeing your handiwork! – Sky Team
Sky Day Project is an Only One Sky initiative. Chicago artist Ben Whitehouse created Only One Sky to bring people together to care about our sky, learn about its functions and vulnerabilities, and come together across cultures and borders in a new spirit of global citizenship. He is joined in this effort by NASA astronaut and artist Nicole Stott and Northwestern University climate scientist Daniel Horton. With the input of talented artists, scientists, parents, educators, writers, child development experts and social scientists they are building Only One Sky as an interactive educational platform to offer teachers, parents and kids imaginative lesson plans, inspiring ideas, great articles, innovative projects, forums for discussion, and exciting opportunities for international collaboration.
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