We have seen an explosion of general interest in our cosmos during recent years – with the array of lunar and solar eclipse activity, humanity’s proposed colonisation of Mars, and BBC TV’s Stargazing Live programmes launching Prof. Brian Cox onto prime-time television. Additionally, recent feature films including The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game, have highlighted the work of some of our greatest theoreticians by transporting their stories into mainstream popular culture.
Ok, so I (personally) still don’t know what String Theory is, or fully understand General Relativity, but the wonders of our universe fascinate me. For the ‘right-brained’ creative types amongst us, it helps that the associated imagery is beautiful, of course.
It is not surprising, then, that so many of our iconic retail stores have taken space and time as inspiration for their 2015 Christmas campaigns – most of which will have been 12 months in the planning and therefore highly influenced by this year’s cultural steers, as well as taking in to account 2016 trend forecasting. (And, I’m sure, it has nothing at all to do with the much-anticipated launch of the Star Wars movie tomorrow…)
From astrological signs, to planetary systems and time mechanics; from starry skies, to the man in the moon – the celestial wonders of these store windows truly are a sight to behold.
Here is a selection of my favourites (although they are certainly best seen in the flesh):