ARECIBO


Exploration is deeply ingrained in the make up of human kind. Our struggle is that of contact. The Arecibo message was broadcast into space with the unlikely aim of reaching out to extra-terrestrial life. The message was broadcast into space via frequency modulated radio waves at a ceremony to mark the remodelling of the Arecibo radio telescope on 16 November 1974. 

It was aimed at the globular star cluster M13 some 25,000 light years away. The "ones" and "zeros" contained information about the fundamentals of life on Earth. The total broadcast was less than three minutes.

Arecibo is visual homage to the original message and a reflection on the birth of humanity, our growth and evolution.

Each image in the series is a composite of thousands of Jpegs extracted from Google Maps. The landscapes distorted by patterns of light, both natural and man made, explore important punctuations in human history.

180cm x 120cm Giclée Archival Print.  Aluminium mount under Liquid Acrylic.

180cm x 120cm Giclée Archival Print.

Aluminium mount under Liquid Acrylic.

 
 
 

Birth of Humanity:

Border of Angola and Namibia - Estimated Origins of Modern Human.

180cm x 120cm Giclée Archival Print.

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Neolithic Age:

East Africa - Some of the Earliest Utilisation of Fire.

180cm x 120cm Giclée Archival Print.

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Bronze Age:
River Nile, Egypt - Some of the earliest foundations of civilisation.

180cm x 120cm Giclée Archival Print.

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Iron Age:

Indus Valley: Development of Decimal Numerical System.

180cm x 120cm Giclée Archival Print.

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Islamic Golden Age:

Mesopotamia: Development of Trigonometry.

180cm x 120cm Giclée Archival Print.

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Renaissance:

Florence, Italy.

180cm x 120cm Giclée Archival Print.

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Industrial Revolution:

Northern England.

180cm x 120cm Giclée Archival Print.

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Nuclear Age:
Trinity Nuclear Test Site, Nevada, USA - Testing of Atomic Bomb.

180cm x 120cm Giclée Archival Print.

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Information Age:
The Moon - Site of Apollo Moon Landings.

180cm x 120cm Giclée Archival Print.

Edition of 3

 
180cm x 120cm Giclée Archival Print.  Aluminium mount under Liquid Acrylic.

180cm x 120cm Giclée Archival Print.

Aluminium mount under Liquid Acrylic.