Installation at the Fort Collins Museum of Art


People looking into a magnifying glass. Inside you can see a single grain of sand representing our galaxy.


View looking into the magnifying glass showing the grain. It has a hole drilled into it. All the planets found outside our solar system could fit within this area of our galaxy.


Enlargement of the grain of sand

I had holes drilled into several grains of sand, this is another one.


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The Big Playground
A hole drilled into a grain of sand

If a grain of sand represented an entire galaxy, you would need six rooms full of sand to contain all the galaxies in the known universe. In this installation for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory I have taken a single grain of sand, which represents our Milky Way galaxy, and had a hole 1/10th of a mm drilled into it. This hole represents where we have already found over thousands of planets within our galaxy. The grain is seen under a magnifying glass.

A space where people can play in an enormous amount of sand and imagine running their fingers through millions of galaxies is memorable. Each grain of sand, or galaxy, contains 100’s of billions of stars. To see the insignificant area we have looked for earth-like planets is powerful.