Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus

This work relates to the rare occurrence of a transit of Venus across the face of the sun. Measurements of these events were a central issue in historical astronomy as they determined the scale of the solar system. The 1769 transit has special significance to Australia because whilst on a mission to Tahiti to observe the transit, Captain Cook landed in Australia.

At a conceptual level, the work relates to the fact that a transit of Venus is only special from one point of view; that of an observer on the Earth. From elsewhere in space the moment is unremarkable. Likewise, Cook's 'discovery' of Australia can be viewed as good, bad or indifferent depending entirely on one's point of view.

Transit of Venus was exhibited at the 2008 UWS Acquisitive Sculpture Award and Exhibition, 2 May to 1 June 2008. It is now part of the University of Western Sydney permanent art collection.

Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus

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