Evolution


It will take 26,000 years for the wobble in Earth's rotation to complete one cycle and return our current North Star, Polaris, to its pole position. During this cycle, research indicates there will most likely be 11 stars in the right location and of the right magnitude to serve as Earth's North Star. Artist George Ferrandi is developing backstories for each of those eventual pole stars (and one that comes really close) based on how they've been regarded through time, and is building an illuminated paper sculpture to represent each one in the JUMP!STAR folklore. She's fabricating the forms using techniques she learned from Japanese Nebuta masters while in Japan on a fellowship from the NEA / JUSFC. The sculptures are being built in New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Kansas, and all will converge at the premiere of Jump!Star in the Flint Hills in 2019.

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Updates from George's Studio:

(follow the progress on Instagram @jumpstarlove)