SK9135 : The Orrery, Market Place, Grantham

taken 5 years ago, near to Grantham, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

The Orrery, Market Place, Grantham
The Orrery, Market Place, Grantham
View across the Market Place, showing the Earth/Moon in the foreground, then Venus and finally the Market Cross, in alignment.
The Orrery, Market Place, Grantham

As part of the refurbishment of Grantham Market Place, South Kesteven Council commissioned a sculpture.

The chosen scheme was related to the celestial work of Sir Isaac Newton and based on an orrery, a mechanical device showing the movement of the bodies forming the solar system. The artist, Paul Lewthwaite created two large objects, together with a series of supporting bronze plaques embedded in the paving. The two large objects represent a) the earth and moon orbiting each other, the relative scale of the two being correct, although not the distance between them, and b) Venus. Both of these have octagonal mounts, intended to reflect the octagonal base of the medieval market cross. This latter is treated as the centre of the system, with the Earth/Moon and Venus elements lined up on it.

In the paving around the latter two are a series of bronze plaques depicting specific astronomical phenomena related to Newton's work.

See LinkExternal link for details, on the artist's website.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 15 February, 2017   (more nearby)
Friday, 17 February, 2017
Geographical Context
Public buildings and spaces  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9129 3593 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:54.7830N 0:38.6328W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9130 3591
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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