‘AtlasCoelestis’ is a sculpture representing the major orbital paths of our solar system, designed for the 2009 Calculation and Substance exhibit in Chicago, showcasing cutting edge technologies of parametric and algorithmic design. Made of 15 aluminum rings that move independently of one another casting elliptical shadows on the surrounding environment, it references the perpetual motion of our universe. It draws inspiration from Galileo’s invention of the telescope and its impact on our understanding of the universe. New technologies in design are again changing how we visualize the world, inviting us to explore exciting new possibilities.

Design Team: Architecture and Vision Arturo Vittori and Andreas Vogler
Interaction Concept: Massimo Bogninsegni
Marketing: Audry Grill
Research: Rebecca Midden
Study Models: Maya Janczykowska
3D Model: Giovanni Crosera
2D Illustrations & Renderings: Kirsti Hanson
Fabrication: Gabriele Muracchioli

Client: ACADIA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Background: 400th anniversary of Galileo’s invention of the telescope
Objectives: Create a public object that reflects the influence of Galileo’s telescope and proposes how today’s innovations might impact the future of design
Concept: A concentric arrangement of rotating metal bands representing the planetary bodies of our solar system
Materials: Aluminum
Assembly: 5 people 6 hours
Dimensions: 3 m diameter
Weight: 100 kg