The scale of interplanetary Fut Coins space

February 19 [Wed], 2014, 14:19
The scale of interplanetary Fut Coins space can be difficult to grasp, but an artist named Louise O'Connor is giving Londoners the chance to walk the solar system.

She's put together a scale model along a long straight road in east London, starting in Dalston and finishing in Stamford Hill. The walk is 3.1km long, and the planets are included too -- also at scale. That means the sun is the size of a yoga ball, but Venus is a tiny ball bearing, a quarter of an inch across.

Each is guarded by a local shopkeeper, and passers by who are tracing the route are invited to stop by the shops at the appropriate distance and ask to see the heavenly bodies. For example, Mr Kumar pictured above at Kozzy Home, 108 Stoke Newington High St, Hackney, N16 7, looks after the 25mm bouncy ball that represents Uranus.

If you'd like to walk the solar system yourself, travel to Dalston Junction / Dalston Kingsland station and head up Stoke Newington High Street, along the route shown on this Google map. The guardians of the planets are listed on the map, and several are very close to the starting point. There's also a great interview with the artist over at We Make Money Not Art.

The BBC explored a similar concept recently with its Dimensions website, which placed historic places, events and things on a map centred over the postcode of your choice.