Daniel D. Stine
The Jovian System: Jupiter and its 69 moon to scale
This series will include 111 works each depicting a separate ‘planet’ in our solar system on 111 separate canvas. 100 of these will be on 2”x 2” canvas. Each of the 111 planets will be to scale representations of each other; ranging from Jupiter with an equatorial diameter of 43 inches to a dwarf planet that is just a millimeter dot on a black canvas. Minimum wall space needed is 30 feet, but the more space the better. Ideally 50+ feet of wall space will be needed to best represent the work. This does not have to be continuous wall space, but it should be in the same room or space. Special lighting would be desired, but is not a necessity.
As knowledge of our solar system expands, our understanding of the objects that comprise it changes to better fit what we’ve learned. Pluto’s demotion form planet to dwarf planet was a result of this clarification of understanding. Still, a suitable classification of exactly what constitutes a planet remains a contentious topic of discussion among scientists and the public alike. In a solar system where the planet mercury is smaller than Jupiter’s moon Ganymede and Pluto is smaller than our moon it is easy to see why. I propose to create a to scale representation of the 111 planetary bodies that populate our solar system. These will range from the large gas giant planets of Jupiter (4'x4' canvas) and Saturn (4'x8'canvas) to numerous dwarf planets (2"x2" canvas). In doing this people will get a better sense of the variety of the planetary bodies that make up our solar system and be able to make there own decisions on what is considered a planet.
New Series in Progress: Planetary Bodies