This kinetic sculpture points in the direction that the Earth is going. It was developed in collaboration with Professor Emeritus Steven Dubowsky from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. The Earth turns on its axis as it orbits around the sun. The sun in turn is spinning around the center of the Milky Way. Our galaxy, along with what scientists refer to as our local group of galaxies, is traveling towards a specific region in the universe where a gravitational anomaly indicates a high concentration of mass, pulling on its neighboring galaxies. Scientists have called this region the Great Attractor.
This sculpture uses a Neolithic Dalton stone point to indicate the position of the Great Attractor, rotating according to sidereal time so that it tracks its movement in relation to Naples both day and night.