KAUST Space Age Sculpture: Star Projector


This is another interesting sculpture at KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology). It looks like a huge space age microscope, and thanks to a couple readers of this blog, I now have information about this sculpture. It is called “Star Projector” by the German artist Oliver van den Berg. The star projector is used in planetariums to project the various stars, constellations, and planets onto the rounded ceiling screen of the planetarium.
In the picture above, I wanted to give you an idea of its size, and below is a more closeup view.

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10 Responses to KAUST Space Age Sculpture: Star Projector

  1. elspers says:

    Hi there, just thought I’d let you know it’s an Oliver van den Berg artwork and is based on a timber work of his called Sternenprojektor (or Star Projector I believe).

    Here’s more about it.
    http://www.uap.com.au/art/master-planned/kaust-international-art-program/oliver-van-den-berg/

  2. Judy says:

    That is just amazing!

  3. Jerry M says:

    It looks like it is based on the Zeiss Mark IV projector http://www.flickr.com/photos/7294653@N07/2721887832/

  4. leif hagen says:

    It seems metallic monsters have invaded Jeddah! Run!!
    ANOTHER cool sculpture!

  5. Sara says:

    Susie,

    That’s either a planetarium projector, or a sculpture of one. Having worked at a planetarium in college, I am very familiar with that!

    One end projects the Northern Hemisphere, and the other the Southern. I believe that the smaller globes in the middle project the planets. The one where I worked would also project pictures of the constellations to show how the ancients might have visualized them.

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    • Carl says:

      Well it is amazing to look at, what amazes me though is that you did not know what it was? Of course we all have different experiences in life, but I would think that a woman who has her own blog and the wherewithal and ability to live in a foreign country and visit a university would not know what this is or at least be able to ask someone to explain it.

      • Hi Carl- I certainly don’t claim to know everything, and I did ask the person I was with when I saw this sculpture. She didn’t know what it was called either. There are many things that I photograph here in Saudi Arabia that I don’t know what they are. It’s not as easy as you might think to get answers here – especially for a woman.

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