Katie Paterson - 100 Billion Suns
A confetti cannon, each piece of paper matched to the colours of the brightest explosions in the universe.
Gamma Ray Bursts are the brightest explosions in the universe, which burn with a luminosity 100 billion times that of our sun. The confetti cannons created for ‘100 Billion Suns’ contain 3,216 pieces of paper whose colours correspond to each of these cosmic events. Every burst of confetti creates a miniature explosion of all of these vast explosions, in just under a second.
Cannons were set off at regular intervals during the vernissage of the 54th Venice Biennale at a series of unspecified locations around Venice, from major piazzas to the smallest back streets. Each explosion is documented in a photographic archive, showing a unique perspective of Venice during the opening days of the Biennale: 100 Billion Suns (Venice)