Public Space Memorial
Memorial redesign proposal for Public Spaces class with Prof. Howard Davies
Inspired from Copernicus’ model of the “Revolution of the Celestial Spheres”, this memorial is an artistic rendition of the 6 planets in his revolutionary heliocentric model of the universe. It is a redesign of the Copernicus Monument at the entrance of Montreal’s Planetarium, originally placed in Chaboillez Square.
In his publication, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres in 1543, he described the movement of these 6 planets around the sun in the following way: “[The sphere of the fixed stars] is followed by the first of the planets, Saturn, which completes its circuit in 30 years. After Saturn, Jupiter accomplishes its revolution in 12 years. The Mars revolves in 2 years. The annual revolution takes the series’ fourth place, which contains the earth…together with the lunar sphere as an epicycle. In the fifth place Venus returns in 9 months. Lastly, the sixth place is held by Mercury, which revolves in a period of 80 days.”
Inspired by this passage, my memorial is an artistic rendition (rather than a scientifically accurate one) of the revolution of spheres as he saw it. I thus focus on translating the motion and revolution duration of the six planets of his model. Those orbits are not nested into one another but rather disposed around a sphere, in the fashion of the armillary sphere and with strips of fixed stars revolving in different inclinations.