A Sky Walk in London’s Hyde Park

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A Sky Walk in London’s Hyde Park



Earlier this year, Cloud Appreciation Society founder Gavin Pretor-Pinney was asked to go on a ‘sky walk’ in London’s Hyde Park by students in Product Design at the Royal College of Art. Intrigued by the sound of this, he went along and was handed a pair of strange mirror classes, created by design student Marjan van Aubel. They act like mirrors that reflect an image of the sky into your eyes as you walk around. The sensation of wearing them is rather weird. It feels a little like flying upside down.

Gavin talked to the students about the clouds that they were all enjoying through the reflections of their sky glasses. He commended Marjan on her fantastic invention. Cloudspotters will love them, but they might not catch on amongst the general public. Anyone wearing them as they walked around London would be run over by a bus within about 10 minutes. They also make you look a bit stupid.

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You can see Marjan van Aubel’s work here.
She has no plans to manufacture the sky glasses yet, but I’m sure she’s open to persuasion…

24 Comments
  • annie morgan

    June 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    An optician’s delight – if you didn’t have a squint before using it, you surely might develop one very quickly afterward.

  • Stephanie Richards

    June 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I’m definitely willing to test drive these :)

  • David Baggott

    June 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I don’t think it will catch on really. I can’t see myself walking about with one and I think I might need a guide dog!

  • Fundulatus

    June 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    To “Head in the Clouds” she’s added “Eyes in the Clouds”.

  • Jamie Shea

    June 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Love these! Want one! :)

  • Amy Vozar

    June 24, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    One of my favorite entertainments as a child and with my children was to walk around the house with a mirror under our noses, “Walking on the Ceiling”. Never thought of going outdoors though! I’ll have to try it. What happens when the sun comes into view?

  • Dave

    June 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Those glasses are super! I would buy some if the CASoc made them available. They would be a wonderful addition (flag ship even) to a set of CA products. Everyone does mugs – but these! What super gifts for my various nephews and nieces.

  • Dave Gorman

    June 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    This look fantastic! Please can I have one (somehow!)

  • Paul

    June 25, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Brilliant – saves the neck ache.

    If the glasses were made semi-reflective then you may have chance of not be run-over.

  • Kathleen Compton

    June 25, 2011 at 6:59 am

    OMG! These absolutely have to be made available through the Cloud Appreciation Society. Would they catch on? Of course! Fabulous work Marjan!

  • Belinda Greenhalgh

    June 25, 2011 at 9:24 am

    ingenius, stylish and a little dangerous. Excellent, we have spent too long looking at our feet.

  • Judy Wittleton

    June 26, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Tremendous possibilities! Will help distribute in Oz!

  • Justin

    June 26, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I think it a marvellous invention!
    I can see myself lolling on a deck chir on my back deck, staring up at Katoomb’s graceful pageantry without straining my neck.

    Wonderful!

    The CAS needs to make some so members can buy them!

  • Annette Robinson

    June 26, 2011 at 10:13 am

    He should of made flip down glasses. Like mirrored sunglasses in reverse

  • John

    June 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    i would definately buy a pair of these, would stop my neck hurting as i’m constantly staring at the clouds above

  • Suz Daly

    June 27, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I used something similar in the 70`s. My geography teacher handed us all a pair. To watch the Clouds beleive it or not! :)

  • Angela

    June 27, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Like Amy, my brother and I had great fun walking along the upstairs corridor with a mirror under our noses. Very funny watching each other step over obstacles that weren’t really there.
    Could be fun outside but does it come with a dogdoo detector?

  • rochelle Lewis

    June 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    worth making these for all our members alone which would pay for their production and make wonderous presents for our friends especially those who need to chill out more. am going to try it out with improvised version…well when this thunderstorm has passed over! House too small small and lethal to try indoors…

  • Bill Stewart

    June 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    How about “sun glass” sky glasses to cut down on the glare?

  • Helen Robinson

    June 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I want a pair of these glasses – fed up of getting a crick in my neck looking to the skies.

  • Shan

    June 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    This is genius.

  • Sue Shaw

    July 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I think the glasses are superb. No more neck-ache and when not in use you can chop herbs with them!

  • Jim Gotobed

    July 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Oh My God ! I saw you all walking about and thought it was the wide mouth duck mimickers annual outing, so i didnt come over for a chat. Damn !

  • verena foxx

    July 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I want a pair! You could also catch the rain as the clouds are bursting.

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