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VIDEO: Part of Nowhereisland launched into space from Morte Point, North Devon

By NDJJoel  |  Posted: November 21, 2012

A piece of Nowhereisland drifts through the upper stratosphere 34.47 kilometres above the earth

Comments (0) PART of a cultural olympiad artwork called Nowhereisland has been launched into space by a former Ilfracombe Arts College pupil.Artist Jay Clement, 30, from Woolacombe, had the idea to launch two pieces of the island into the earth’s stratosphere using weather balloons.The launch took place from land near Morte Point last week. VIDEO: The rock’s space mission:

Nowhereisland in space from Alex Hartley & Jay Clement on Vimeo.

Nowhereisland was devised by Honiton artist Alex Hartley.The floating project, which visited Ilfracombe in September, was made of rocks from an island discovered by Mr Hartley in the High Arctic region of Svalbard.The pieces of rock which were launched into space reached a height of 34,470 meters.One piece was sent up intact along with two video cameras and a GPS tracker. It reached speeds of more than 400 miles per hour when it returned to earth.The other piece was ground down into dust before lift-off and was released at more than 34km above the earth, meaning it will remain suspended at the edge of space.

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  • RiverTorridge  |  November 21 2012, 4:42PM

    How to draw attention to the delicate state of the planet: 1 Take one large grant. 2 Take heavy machinery to the arctic and plunder a pile of rocks from their natural setting. 3 Bring them all the way to Britain, but don't mention the pollution involved. 4 Chuck them artistically into an old barge. 5 Tow it round the South West to add a pinch more pollution to the mix. 6 Put up some inane posters saying "Free toffees without tooth decay for all on every second Wednesday," or similar. 7 Blast it into space to join the tons of detritus that we have already put there. Excellent idea, but surely too surreal to ever happen.

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  • Sue200  |  November 21 2012, 8:04AM

    Best place for it. In my opinion, it was a disgraceful waste of money.