Evolution


It will take approximately 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 in various cultures, and is building an illuminated paper sculpture to represent each one in the JUMP!STAR cosmology. 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 will converge at the premiere iteration of Jump!Star in the Flint Hills in June, 2019.

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Updates from George's Studio:

(follow the progress on Instagram @jumpstarlove)