Experience a journey through an epic scale model of the solar system, incorporating a 10km sculpture trail and an interactive AR app.

Our Place in Space, part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, is an epic scale model of the solar system designed by artist and children’s author Oliver Jeffers, incorporating a 10km three-dimensional sculpture trail in Northern Ireland, an interactive AR app, and major learning and events programmes.

From creating a star to writing a symphony for the universe, inventing a new form of transport, building a Minecraft planet or connecting with space watchers around the globe, Our Place in Space invites participants to consider how we might better share and protect our planet. It brings our solar system down to Earth and sends us soaring into the stars to find new perspectives and reconsider what it means to live life on Earth.

Our Place in Space has been designed by artist and children’s author Oliver Jeffers with support from leading astrophysicist Professor Stephen Smartt, and features music by award-winning sound artist Die Hexen. From June 2022, the trail will travel from Divis and the Black Mountain, Belfast to the Ulster Transport Museum and North Down Coastal Path.

The Our Place in Space app will be available on Apple and Android devices and will allow users across the world to take a walk through our solar system, experiencing the planets in augmented reality and considering 10,000 years of human history. Users will collect space souvenirs, including characters from the world of Oliver Jeffers, as well as launching a personalised star into space.

Events and activation initiatives will accompany each location of the trail and include specially commissioned musical performances, stargazing, film screenings and unique talks and workshops.


Divis & the Black Mountain, Belfast

11 June – 10 July 2022

The solar system has been successfully shrunk to fit into a 10km trail along Divis and the Black Mountain — a popular walking spot with panoramic views of Belfast and beyond, cared for by the National Trust. You can jog to Jupiter, visit Venus and sit by the Sun without ever leaving Earth.

The sculpture trail will animate this spectacular landscape of blanket bog and boardwalks from 11 June to 10 July 2022. Expect out-of-this-world views over the city and on a clear day you may even see some parts of Scotland and England.

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Ulster Transport Museum and North Down Coastal Path

17 September – 16 October 2022

The last destination for the super-squashed solar system is at the Ulster Transport Museum, Cultra, where you can follow the trail onto a newly installed pathway opening onto the North Down Coastal Path and stretching through Crawfordsburn Country Park, finishing at Bangor Pier.

This is one final chance to wander around the giant mini solar system along the stunning locations of the North Down coastal path. Pluto in the park anyone? Saturn-on-sea?

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Please Note:

  • All trail sites are free to visit and are open to all (Divis site may have different accessibility issues compared to other sites).
  • Events are scheduled to take place around each part of the trail’s journey including music, film screenings and guided tours. These are also free but will require advance booking through the Our Place in Space website


Tickets & Pricing
Tue, 05 Jul 2022 9:00am - 7:00pm
Wed, 06 Jul 2022 9:00am - 7:00pm
Thu, 07 Jul 2022 9:00am - 7:00pm
Fri, 08 Jul 2022 9:00am - 7:00pm
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