A history of the sky – Ken Murphy

You might be thinking, how can you make a history of the sky? That’s just what filmmaker Ken Murphy has done in his latest project, a time-lapse mosaic visualisation of the sky for an entire year. The movie lets us see what we would normally not have the patience to observe, and must be celebrated for its magnitude yet aesthetic simplicity.

Murphy captured these 365 time-lapse movies on the roof of San Francisco’s Exploratorium over the course of a year – with an image of the sky being captured every 10 seconds – and so each movie (within the overall movie…) encompasses a single day. The movies are arranged in order by date, and all play the exact same moment simultaneously. In short, this movie contains an entire year of the sky. Not bad.

A History of the Sky reveals the rhythms of weather, the lengthening and shortening of days, and other atmospheric events on an immediate aesthetic level: the clouds, fog, wind, and rain form a rich visual texture, and sunrises and sunsets cascade across the screen,’ Murphy explains.

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