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Bolshoi Cosmological Simulation (2017)

This project resulted from conversations with Joel Primack, emeritus professor in the UCSC Physics Department. It attempts to create an installation with which visitors may walk through a scaled version of galaxies suspended in dark matter of the cosmos.

Bolshoi Cosmological Simulation #2 was installed for visitors to view. The left inset shows an interior view and the right inset shows visitors for scale.

Bolshoi Cosmological Simulation #2 was installed for visitors to view. The left inset shows an interior view and the right inset shows visitors for scale.

Interior view of glow-in-the-dark beads in the blackout tent.

This maquette, Bolshoi Cosmological Simulation #1, is made of welded steel and beads on invisible thread. This was the first physical manifestation of project planning.