Thrown Shadow

2011
Framed photocopy. 138×91 cm.
 
 
One of the decisive factors that determine the location where an eclipse would be observed at its best is defined by the name “The Path of Totality”: the projection of the shadow of the Moon on the Earth, it is a stripe of darkness covering a section of the globe during the eclipse. The zone of totality would be in complete darkness during this phenomena.

 

Astronomical calulations predict with absolute precision any future or past Path of Totality.

 

This map merges in one sole image all the Paths of Totality of total solar eclipses thrown on the Earth since 1851, when the first solar eclipse expedition took place, until the present date.

 

It results on a “map of darknesses” that corresponds literally and metaphorically to the flux of journeys, political and economical expansions.