First Horse Gallops Across The Night Sky

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File this under fantastic. There is now actually a rider in the sky!

Thanks to the hard work of artist Dave Lynch, chemical physicist Mike Nix and maker Aaron Nielsen, the image of a man and horse galloped across the evening sky of Nottingham late last month as part of Project Nimbus.

The team used a laser version of the zoopraxiscope, a device originally designed by pioneering 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, to project the image on clouds from a Cessna 172 aircraft. Muybridge is well known for proving that a horse was suspended entirely above the ground during the gallop and spearheading the idea of film. The subject of the projection was thus very fitting.

Artist Lynch was also inspired by a military paper entitled “Non-lethal Weapons: Terms and Reference” by Robert Bunker, which described work on weapons since the Vietnam War. One of them involved projecting an ancient god onto the clouds over an enemy city. Naturally gods must ride on horses!

Although the sight could only be seen from the aircraft, the future looks bright for this technology. Lynch told New Scientist: “We’d love to collaborate with someone like flight pioneer Richard Branson to develop a digital art piece which allows us to interact and experience the world through cloud projections.” We hope there will be horses!

Enough with the talk. This has to be seen to be believed. Enjoy!

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