Albert Kong, resident local of San Francisco, is bringing the great outdoors into the big smoke with Stellar Displacement.
Stellar Displacement is a traveling immersive environment in a box truck that transports participants into a forest clearing on a summer night giving them the opportunity to stare up at the stars.
Taking the time to look up to the stars of the night sky is often hindered by light pollution that prohibits visibility to the celestial sphere.
Kong’s mission is to bring a sense of the night sky, stars, and constellations to urban areas.
Stellar Displacement are the June winners of San Francisco’s Awesome Chapter and the funds will go towards the installation will be built inside a 15′ box truck.
Installation includes a planetarium projector that will be installed and project nightscapes and other scenes from space around the room.
Additionally, a shadow plate will create the illusion of trees surrounding the viewer, who lies down and faces up on grassy sod.
Topping off the 4D experience, Kong gets in touch with your sensors by including the chirp of crickets, flitting fireflies, and evocative olfactory set dressing.
People living in the Bay Area are privileged enough to have relatively close access to nature, just a short drive out of the city. However it is a privilege that is often under-utilised.
The experience is to encourage participants to seek out natural wonders around them, as well as being more observant of mundane beauty in all environments.
The Stellar Displacement Truck would aim to randomly appear in urban streets and offer the experience of stumbling upon a gorgeous view, rather than making plans and schemes to find them.
We’d love Stellar Displacement to pull up on our street. If you have a great idea for Newcastle that gives you stars in your eyes, apply at Awesome Newcastle.