Out of this world: Katie Paterson's art installations for No Noise

— 28 January 2013

Light bulb to Simulate Moonlight by Katie Paterson, Orchard Street window at Selfridges London

As part of our store-wide No Noise campaign, artist Katie Paterson has created four installations for the Orchard Street windows at Selfridges London.

Katie Paterson treats the universe as material for her artwork. Mixing the cosmic with the mundane, her works explore vast distances in space, and delve into deep time. Her Orchard Street window installation Light bulb to Simulate Moonlight, also features in the Light Show at Hayward Gallery, along with atmospheric installations and immaterial sculptures by 21 other artists.

In Light bulb to Simulate Moonlight, spectral measurements of moonlight are applied to create a light bulb. Each set contains enough light bulbs to provide a person with a lifetime supply of moonlight (each bulb burns for 2000 hours, a lifetime contains 289 bulbs).

100 Billion Suns by Katie Paterson, Orchard/Oxford Street corner window at Selfridges London

In the iconic window on the corner of Orchard and Oxford Street is the artwork 100 Billion Suns. Gamma Ray Bursts are the brightest explosions in the universe, which burn with a luminosity 100 billion times that of our sun. A confetti burst will be set off in the window everyday between noon and 12.30pm. Each burst of confetti  contains 3,216 pieces of paper whose colours correspond to each of these cosmic events. 

All the Dead Stars by Katie Paterson, Orchard Street window at Selfridges London

All the Dead Stars is a map documenting the locations of just under 27,000 dead stars, the total of all that have been recorded and observed in universe by humankind.

Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky by Katie Paterson, Orchard Street window at Selfridges London

Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky features a large meteorite which has been traveling through space and time for over 4.5 billion years. It has been cast, melted, and then re-cast back into a new version of itself, retaining its original form. In years to come, the meteorite will be launched into space.

Visit the Light Show at the Hayward Gallery from 30 January to 28 April to see the work of Katie Paterson and  21 other exciting artists. Light Show is the first survey of light based art in the UK and brings together the most visually stimulating artworks created in recent years, with rare works not seen for decades and re-created especially for Hayward Gallery. Click here to find out more and book your tickets.

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