Bright Shadows Point
Low Carbon Steel and Acrylic
3m(h) and 1.11m(w) at longest points.
Photo credits: Jo Underhill
Bright Shadows Point is a group of three sculptures that explore the multiple and layered histories of Eddington, Cambridge, with particular reference to the archaeological and astronomical histories of the site.
Eddington is named after Sir Arthur Eddington, professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge University in the early part of the 20th century. Curran’s work references photographs taken by Eddington during a complete solar eclipse in 1919. These images helped to map Einstein’s theory of relativity through capturing the curvature of light from the movement of stars.
The work also references research undertaken by Cambridge Archaeological Unit at Cambridge University whose excavation work has unearthed a network of settlements dating back several thousand years. Curran took inspiration from the shapes cut into the landscape by the archaeological teams when carrying out their digs, as well as the maps, plans and aerial viewpoints documented in their research findings.
The shadows cast by the solar eclipse and the creation of shadows on the landscape – from both the ground level and the aerial perspective – give the work its name and highlight the encounters with place drawn from multiple scales and perspectives.