Inspired by the star show at the first Hayden Planetarium, artist Michele Oka doner cast more than 200 of these energetic bronze forms, which suggest spiral galaxies, stars, planetary orbits and various shapes of the universe. Some of the symbolic shapes seen here are distilled from natural objects, while others are simply the product of the artist’s imagination.
The artwork was originally commissioned as part of a program of renovation for the Hayden Planetarium. Unveiled in 1987, the bronzes originally were embedded into the concrete of the planetarium entranceway to form a “Celestial Plaza.” A selection of these pieces, preserved during construction of the Rose Center for Earth and Space, has been reinstalled here by the artist.
Generous funding for the Celestial Plaza was received from the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, whose Chairman at the time, Roy. V. Titus, was deeply committed to the creation and presentation of this artwork. The Reed Foundation provided additional funding for the project.
This new Celestial Objects installation is supported in part by the Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation.