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The Shield of Achilles (Night Sky Over Troy). Spencer Finch. 2009.

Using Ptolemy’s Almagest as a guide,¬†Finch approximates the named constellations of ancient Greece. 384 cans hang from the ceiling, punctured with a single hole and harboring a single light. The color of the light and size of the hole correspond to the wavelength and magnitude of each star. The cans hang from their strings at lengths scaled to light years.

Here is the  firmament in a room, an epic tale distilled into pinpricks of light. Peer through this keyhole. Hold close this night. History hangs (as always) by a thread.

Will we see what Achilles saw? What is approximation? There are other words a poet might use. See, also: bow before - dream up - pray to.

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    I can’t handle how beautiful this is in every way.
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