201 Generations

2x Unique ‘Astrogram’ starlight prints (5cmx5cm) in bog oak and fenland oak frames (40cmx40cm), stereo viewer, stereo viewer with photoprint (printed in starlight)

Charles Wheatstone demonstrated the first stereo-viewer to the Royal Society in 1838 using lines of dots placed side by side. When viewed, the dots ‘floated’, creating depth to the 2-D image.

Using specialist programs, we can plot the changing position of stars over time from any location on Earth.

I used the UK Fenlands position to create images of the night sky at 01.00hrs on January 1st 3000 BC and 01.00hrs January 1st 2020 AD – 5020 years apart (or 201 generations in human life spans).

When you combine the two star-plots side by side on a stereo viewer card (printed in 5000-year-old starlight) the shifting stars float in 3-dimension, giving the viewer a more accurate depiction of a space over time.

The two star-charts are framed in wood from oak trees that were growing in the Fenlands in 3000bc and 2020ad. The images contained are of the night sky as it would have looked above the trees every New Year’s Day when they were alive.