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Our place in space computer-generated illustration

Our Place in Space

April - October 2022

Our Place in Space is an astonishing journey through our solar system – recreated as an epic 8.5km sculpture trail exploring what it means to live life on Earth.

Follow an epic trail through our solar system and reconsider what it means to live life on Earth

A 3D sculpture trail, interactive AR app and exciting learning and events programme exploring our planet – and the worlds beyond

Us and them – together?

Our Place in Space brings our solar system down to Earth – and sends us soaring into the stars to find new perspectives on our planet. Artist Oliver Jeffers and scientist Professor Stephen Smartt have designed an epic, scale recreation of the solar system, which is popping up this year as a 10-kilometre sculpture trail in Northern Ireland and Cambridge. Explore the solar system from anywhere via an interactive augmented-reality app and an exciting programme of digital events and learning activities, open to everyone and entirely free.

From naming a star to cycling the solar system, Our Place in Space will ensure you never look at our solar system in the same way again. If we could look back at Earth from the vastness of the solar system, what would we feel? Wouldn’t squabbles look stupid from Saturn? Wouldn’t violence seem senseless from Venus? Forget about ‘Us and Them’, from the perspective of Pluto, it’s just US!

Our Place in Space is created by a team led by the Nerve Centre, Northern Ireland’s leading creative media arts centre, and includes artists Oliver Jeffers and Die Hexen, Professor Stephen Smartt from the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, National Museums NI, NI Science Festival, Big Motive, Taunt, Microsoft, Jeffers & Sons, University of Cambridge, Dumbworld, Live Music Now, Little Inventors and Urban Scale Interventions. It’s commissioned by Belfast City Council, with location partners including Derry City & Strabane District Council, the National Trust, Cambridge City Council and Ards & North Down Borough Council.

Where and when

The Our Place in Space sculpture trail has now completed it's UK tour visiting Derry-LondonderryBelfast (Divis & the Black Mountain)Cambridge and Liverpool.

In 2023 the Our Place in Space sculpture trail will reach it's final destination Ulster Transport Museum and North Down Coastal Path where it will become a permanent feature.

In the meantime there are still ways you can enjoy Our Place in Space

  • Download the award-winning app and enjoy the trail anywhere in the world
  • Tap into the learning resources and unlock new ways to explore space themes in the classroom
  • Watch this space for some exciting news about a collaboration with Minecraft!

Our experience was incredibly positive. It made me consider how other cultural events and installations could benefit from being more inclusive and enriching for people with SEN. 

— Dan Byrne, SEN teacher