Deborah Smith Projects | Contemporary Arts Organisation

Totality by Katie Paterson

Sited next to Thinktank’s Planetarium, Totality the contemporary artwork is by the artist Katie Paterson. It is made up of 10,000 images of the solar eclipse which illuminates and sparkles from an oversize rotating mirror ball. The collected images include the oldest found drawing of a solar eclipse from 1778, early 20th century photographs, as well as contemporary images sourced from the internet, and from the most technologically advanced telescopes.

Totality is a 70th Anniversary Commission for the Arts Council Collection.

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Exhibition


Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
27 May – 1 October 2017

Katie Paterson, Totality 2016