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Written in the Stars

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to a small, and what turned out to be quite exclusive, preview of the work of artist Berco Wilsenach at his workshop in Pretoria. The works, an installation entitled In die Sterre Geskryf (Written in the Stars) is part of the larger Project for a Blind Astronomer by Berco, and consists of 9 beautifully crafted, detailed glass panels of which 6 were on display.

Each glass panel, strategically lit from above and below, and measuring a few meters on a side, attempts to accurately represent a different part of the night sky with recessed, tactile dots, textured paint and Braille descriptions – all this especially for the benefit of blind and visually impaired persons.

I was completely unprepared for the nature of the works, and while I had my camera with me I had not brought a tripod, so all the photos were shot hand held and at very high ISO, so please excuse their quality.

Date: March 4, 2011
Author: Diaan Mynhardt
Medium: Digital
Camera: Canon 5D Mk II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm 1:4
Location: UP Experimental Farm, Old Agricultural Engineering Building
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11 Responses to “Written in the Stars”

  1. Kieka says:

    Amazing art and amazing photography!

  2. Wilna Burke says:

    it’s awesome!!! is it open to the public??and if…..until when??

  3. This was a one-night-only event. I happen to know Berco’s sister, and she invited me. The exhibition itself will be held towards the end of the year, I’m not entirely sure when.

  4. Wilna Burke says:

    thx!! :(( what a pity…

  5. Neil says:

    I missed the exhibition while it was stiil at The Pretoria Art museum. only saw it while under construction and wasn’t very excited about the idea. but i must say these photographs make me hate myself for overlooking it. haha =]
    Cool captures.

  6. Ruan says:

    Looks amazing, would have loved to see it first hand.

  7. Carla Crafford says:

    Great photographs! Amazing what one can do these days without a tripod.
    The previous installation – at the Pretoria Art Museum in 2009, was not well advertised and lasted only a week. I am privileged to have attended both, and both were quite different because of the ceiling height of the ‘exhibition space’. There were also two more panels at PAM.
    Great work!

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  9. amy. says:

    Holy jesus. Epic artworks, epic photographs of artworks!

  10. John says:

    Good news, the artwork is being exhibited again together with a few new ones. It is quite remarkable. He’s got info about it on his website