Osmo, A beginners guide to constructing the cosmos, the new installation from self-described “spatial laboratory” Loop.pH, lets you travel through space and time in a wholly unlikely public place. Beneath the hulking concrete and rumbling traffic of London’s bustling A13 flyover, the London-based studio has fabricated a miniature recreation of the cosmos.
Created for the second annual Light Night Canning Town, a Yorkshire festival whose theme this year, “The Fire and The Stars,” is dedicated to man’s age-old fascination with flames and the intergalactic furnaces fueled by them, the silver sphere that comprises Osmo inflates to a breadth of 29.5 ft, forming a crystalline honeycomb that envelops visitors in a world lightyears away from concrete and car horns. Inside, mirrored inner walls glitter with pinpoints of light from hundreds of lasers, reflected through layers of film. Meditating to a peaceful, ambient soundscape, harried urban dwellers can lie on their backs, basking in a tech-rendition of the canvas that has delighted the eyes of millions before them.
According to Loop.pH, it's “the most cosmologically transporting experience this bit of A-road has ever seen.” Below, check out images of Loop.pH’s Osmo, A beginner’s guide to constructing the cosmos: