The Metropolitan Transportation
Commission Community Art Program Presents
Judith White Marcellini
LunchStop Cafe and MetroCenter lobby
101 8th St., Oakland, CA
Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays
Notes on COSMOS:
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
— Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1
What a wonder is the cosmos!
Here are just a few thoughts that inspired some of the pieces
I created for this show.
Space is not an empty void, but is an active medium filled
with substance and energy, much of which is unknown to us.
Only five percent of it, in fact, is matter. The rest is strange
dark energy and dark matter. So, stuff made of atoms—stars,
planets, rocks, dogs, cats, etc.—is really quite rare.
The Big Bang. Imagine this: the universe begins as a thick,
dense bubble. Then zap: a cosmic hiccup and within seconds
the universe unfurls ballooning out into a vast size.
Galaxies. In their younger lives, galaxies were smaller, unformed
and closer to each other than they are today, so they frequently
collided. They crashed, triggering star-forming activity, split
or merged. Eventually, they evolved into larger galaxies—the
great spirals and ellipses we see today.
Dark Matter. Webs of dark matter weave throughout space and
surround galaxies, like halos, making up some 25 percent of
the universe. Although unseen, it is a powerful component of
galaxies. Scientists have measured dark matter’s existence,
but they are not sure what it is. Most think it is some kind
of a particle left over from the big bang.
Dark Energy. What is dark energy? No one really knows, but
there is evidence that it exists throughout the space of the
universe. It is a force that is all around and seems to be
involved in accelerating the expansion of the universe.
Star Power. The kinds of atoms that formed you were born inside
stars, perhaps, now millions of light years away. Imagine the
fantastic voyage across the universe that atoms have taken.