The “Garden” will place artistic renderings of the sun and the planets in their relative sizes and distances from the “sun,” located at the HALO grounds in Huntsville. These planet renderings will be placed along the Valley bike path between the its southern most point in Huntsville to its middle point Eden and two more to the north in Liberty.
The starting point for the Solar System Garden is the “sun” sculpture located at the Compass Rose Hotel. From this “sun,” the distance between seven planets will be laid out along the bike path from Huntsville to Eden (map attached with locations) with the remaining two placed in Liberty and at the south gate of North Fork Park. An accurate placement gives the pubic a relative idea of the distances between all the planets in the solar system. The sizes of the planets will also be scaled relative to the sun.
The project includes partnerships with the Huntsville Astronomic and Lunar Observatory (HALO) located in the Compass Rose Hotel in Huntsville, Snowcrest Middle School science and art programs, and local metal artist Mary Hardy and fabricator Steven Thompson.