The Eye in the Sky


Satellite pictures of the Earth

You have never seen the world like this before. At the exhibition 'The Eye in the Sky', Gasometer Oberhausen GmbH and Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) (German Aerospace Centre) are showing spectacular satellite pictures of the Earth in XXL format until 2 November 2008.

Originally, the pictures shown were used for purely scientific purposes. For 'The Eye in the Sky' they were, however, primarily selected according to aesthetic criteria. The 58 satellite pictures exhibited have a beauty which is otherwise only inherent in works of art. For example, the visitors experience completely new views of enormous mountain ranges and vast deserts, of rivers and oceans, untouched nature and artificially changed landscapes with holy places and industrial metropolises. 'The Eye in the Sky' looks down on the beauty, but also on the frailty of our Earth.

"The pictures in the exhibition are of inestimable value for science. They remind us normal viewers of the actual dimensions of human existence within the universe", says Gasometer Managing Director Jeannette Schmitz. The exhibition 'The Eye in the Sky' was conceived by the curators Professor Peter Pachnicke and Wolfgang Volz in co-operation with Dr. Robert Meisner from the German Remote Sensing Data Centre of the DLR (German Aerospace Centre). Divided into subject areas and harmoniously fitted into the unique atmosphere of the Gasometer, the pictures develop a fascination all of their own.

In the gigantic air space of the Gasometer, the sound and light installation 'LightSky' of the Berlin artist Christina Kubisch corresponds in a wonderful way with the satellite pictures of the Earth and thus becomes a cosmic pantheon. Pieces of music consisting of natural and instrumental sounds composed especially for 'LightSky' transform the Gasometer into a fascinating sound chamber.

And there is even more to discover at the exhibition 'The Eye in the Sky'. Models of Earth observation satellites and cameras, for example. Or the upper stage of the European carrier rocket Ariane 5. Further valuable exhibits, including a 4.5 billion year-old meteorite, and the possibility of discovering the Ruhr and the surrounding area from the sky make the visit to the exhibition an exciting experience for the whole family.

This is what the press says about the exhibition 'The Eye in the Sky':

Science can even look goodSpiegel Online
Change of perpective in Oberhausenstern.de
Wonderfully beautiful and exciting satellite pictures of the earthNRZ
Sensational pictures, you really shouldn't miss it!Bild.de
To be an astronaut one day - with the exhibition 'The Eye in the Sky' you can get a bit closer to that dream.Die Welt
In the Gasometer, Oberhausen's landmark, at the exhibition 'The Eye in the Sky' a longing for undreamt of spheres developsWAZ
Real works of art!WDR
In this way the viewer becomes acquainted with a quite different view of the beauties of the EarthRheinische Post
The German Aerospace Centre is showing some of the most impressive long-distance photographs of the Earth in the Oberhausen GasometerDie Zeit online