Aldebaran, 2014

Hong Kong 2015
James Cohan Gallery
Installation
Powder-coated steel and fluorescent light
Artwork size
279.4 x 279.4 (cm)
110.0 x 110.0 (inch)
Aldebaran, by Spencer Finch emits the color of the giant orange star of the same name located about 65 light years away. Aldebaran (α Tau, α Tauri, Alpha Tauri) is in the zodiac constellation of Taurus. With an average apparent magnitude of 0.87 it is the brightest star in the constellation and is one of the brightest stars in the nighttime sky. The name Aldebaran is Arabic (الدبران al-dabarān) and translates literally as "the follower," presumably because this bright star appears to follow the Pleiades, or "Seven Sisters" star cluster in the night sky.