Caledonia Skytower has a wonderful art installation on LEA 4 inspired by english composer Gustav Holst's evocative suite of musical tone poems, The Planets. You are given links to the music for each planet when you arrive and can fine the suite of music here on You Tube. I am running a version of the famous martial music from Mars, one of the two most famous movements of the suite, below. Playing the music adds much to a visit.
Mars, the Bringer of War, is a fiery underworld of spears, roman shields, and rocky formations -- and is very foreboding and frightening in nature. Holst wrote this music in 1914, at the beginning of what would be a long and brutal conflict which would eventually take over one million British and Commonwealth lives. Most people did not think the conflict would last over 4 years but would be over quickly. Holst was being very preminiscent when he wrote this terrifying music.
Mars is just one of the 7 "planets" that will be open. Neptune, Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Saturn are now open. Jupiter, is still under construction at the time I write this blog post. Poetry of the Planets will run through the end of May 2017. Visitors are welcome to leave poetic impressions of their visit.
I reviewed Neptune, an interactive aquatic world, here last week:
Your taxi to the main exhibition area on LEA 4- The teleport area to each "planet" exhibition is a short walk away from the landing area. Just follow the sign when you arrive.
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