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Lying Back and Watching the Skies in Silence

How often do we stop and just take a moment to ourselves to marvel at what's around us? Perhaps in passing we may take notice of a pretty flower or, on the off-chance, we may even avert our eyes to the skies and observe a familiar figure in the clouds, but this happens far too infrequently. Dutch artist Rob Sweere seeks to change this with his traveling social project titled Silent Sky Project#.

The artistic experiment basically invites people to take 30 minutes out of their day to lay in silence amongst one another, taking in the majestic skies. Whether it's just a couple basking in the sun or a crowd of people taking over a vast landscape with their bodies laying still on their backs, the project has a calming effect for participants on a personal level.

The project has reached countries across the globe from the artist's native land of the Netherlands to Brazil, Lithuania, Turkey, Australia, England, France, Korea, and America, including the bustling urban setting of New York City. There are have been forty-eight occurrences thus far, some with a large-scale exhibition of the voluntary observers watching the skies in silence, afterwards.

Rob Sweere website
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Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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