The Moon will be on 15th Street, and the Earth will be on 16th Street, starting on Jan. 24, in a new public installation created by the artist Oliver Jeffers in partnership with the High Line.
The two large globes will be displayed on the Chelsea Market Passage of the High Line, separated by roughly the length of a city block, through Feb. 7. The Moon will be two feet in diameter and Earth will be about eight feet; both will be mounted at a height of 10 feet. (They are made from Hard-coated foam, steel and acrylic.) The installation, called “The Moon, the Earth and Us,” will explore the vastness of the universe, the fragility of artificial borders, and the relationship between the two celestial bodies.
“We are excited to bring the creative world of Oliver Jeffers to New York City,” Robert Hammond, co-founder and executive director of Friends of the High Line High Line, said in an email. “His books and illustrations are beautiful and connect with a broad range of audiences — just like the High Line. And there is no better place in the city than the High Line to view the sky. With this installation Jeffers is providing our visitors and neighbors with a unique chance to see a scaled model of the Moon and the Earth up close.”
Mr. Jeffers is an artist, illustrator and author, and the cosmos has featured prominently in his work. He also has a show of oil paintings opening Jan. 10 at Bryce Wolkowitz gallery that deals more abstractly with the connections between Earth and the universe.
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Mr. Jeffers, who is based in Brooklyn, said that having a young son reignited his interest in outer space, and that the two of them had traveled to Tennessee during the 2017 solar eclipse. They took a flight to the “path of totality,” an experience that informed “The Moon, the Earth and Us.”
“It was awe-inspiring, terrifying, eerie, but completely uplifting; you get this sense of perspective pinned to two objects instead of one,” Mr. Jeffers said.
He said he is interested in the concept of viewing places and things from different vantage points; the Earth from the Moon, the Moon from the Earth, the Earth from distant space. He said that his experience growing up in Northern Ireland, and viewing the country from a distance, also factored into the making of the piece.
“The way I was explaining Northern Irish conflicts from the other side of the ocean was part of the piece too,” he said. Northern Ireland fueled his interest in maps and globes, he said, but also his “disinterest in nationalism or patriotism of any kind.”
Both globes will feature text. The Moon will read, “No One Lives Here.” On the Earth, in the places where country names might typically go, it will repeatedly read, “People Live Here.”