The Royal Shakespeare Company in England decided that they wanted something truly unique to celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. They hired artist Stephen Follen to execute an inspired and ambitious project, and he did an incredible job.
It started with 2,000 stars and 1,400 pieces of wire. He mapped out their locations and attached them with great care, working at a steady pace in order to make sure that everything was done correctly the first time.For two weeks, he hung each and every star by hand, double-checking their locations and stepping back countless times to see the “big picture.”
The project is called “For All Time,” and based on a line from Romeo and Juliet.
When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine.” Act III Scene II, Romeo and Juliet.
And that is exactly what he did. With expert precision, he created a gorgeous work of art that only appears if you view it from a certain perspective. The art is breathtaking, and when viewed from the staircase, the face of William Shakespeare emerges in a clever play of perspectives.The art is now a permanent fixture at the Royal Shakespeare Company. What’s more? The stars around the face are not random; they represent the constellations visible on the day that Shakespeare was born! This is an amazing tribute to one of the most brilliant and clever men to ever have lived. This is a fitting nod to the creative genius.