For reasons which I suspect have more to do with wrangling Provinces than anything else, the Tour de France traditionally starts in another country entirely. This year: Yorkshire (which is a country, yes. Obviously).
To kick off the celebrations marking the event, this weekend saw a mad spectacle of an arts performance, Ghost Peloton. 36 illuminated riders choreographed to a backdrop of music and a film featuring more cyclists and dancers. It was glorious. You missed it, sorry.
The spectacle of illuminated formation cycling was gorgeous, but also nigh-impossible to photograph. I opted to stand with my family rather than in the photographer’s compound, so all of my photos here are handheld. Solidly-locked shots aren’t any more comprehensible, I can assure you.
Relevance to ScienceDemo? Cycloids, obviously!
It’s also worth reading up on the technology involved in the performance, and mulling over the possibilities of combining this sort of performance with something like AdaFruit’s SpokePOV. Perhaps in combination with crazy trials riders:
Finally: I often grumble about ambition in science communication. While Ghost Peloton clearly involved a chunk of funding, it’s also the case that dozens – hundreds, probably – of volunteers shared the vision and gave their time to make it happen. Their efforts paid off in a mesmerising performance.
I’d like to see us dream bigger in scicomms.
The rest of my photographs are in this gallery on Flickr.