Somewhere In the Universe It Rains Diamonds: Carbon

2020

Carbon is a basis of life but potentially the source of our demise. In its purest forms, carbon appears as both a sparkling diamond and dull graphite. On Earth, graphite is far more common but, in the atmospheres of gas giants, carbon fuses into diamond raindrops, beautiful shards – valuable but deadly. Somewhere In the Universe It Rains Diamonds: Carbon contrasts the romantic mystery of the cosmos with our tedious efforts to understand it. An Artificial Intelligence that was trained on the handwriting of astronomers tirelessly scrawls data from these wondrous stellar events onto a dusty wall of graphite.

Commissioned for the 2020 Edinburgh Science Festival to be installed in the City Art Centre. The physical festival was cancelled due to Covid-19.