walkable planets toronto

New art project lets you tour the solar system in 2km

Want to travel the galaxy without the hassle of space-suits and meals in a tube? You could always side-scroll through a to-scale map of the solar system, but if you're looking for something a little more active, a Toronto artist has turned some quiet west-side streets into a scale rendering of our own little planetary system, which you can explore at a nice, leisurely stroll.

Walkable Planets, a project created by visual artist Jode Roberts for the 100 in 1 day festival, is composed of a series of signs stretching from Grace and Bloor (the Sun) to Gore Vale and Queen (Neptune - sadly for solar-system completists, no love for Pluto). You can walk the whole solar system in 2.2 km; at that scale, the Sun would be the size of a hula hoop.

To take the journey yourself, check out this map on the Jane's Walk website, take your protein pills, and put your helmet on.

Photo via Walkable Planets website.


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