A child's face stared up from 11 acres' worth of sand, soil, glass, stones and string in Northern Ireland's largest city — and DigitalGlobe's WorldView 2 satellite stared back.
The face, situated on the grounds of the Titanic Belfast tourist attraction, is part of a land-art installation titled "Wish." It was created over the course of a month by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada and a team of volunteers to celebrate this year's Belfast Festival — and a child's wish for a better future.
The portrait is so big that it's best seen from high buildings or from the air. WorldView 2 took a look on Nov. 3, right after the festival. The Titanic museum, which houses exhibits commemorating one of the world's best-known tragedies at sea, is just above the right eye of the face. For more about "Wish" and Titanic Belfast, check out this PhotoBlog feature and this Titanic slideshow.
This particular image is one of DigitalGlobe's top five satellite images of the year, as decided by Facebook fans. Should it be No. 1? You have until Dec. 31 to decide, by "liking" your favorite image in DigitalGlobe's Facebook album. We've already highlighted the otherfourcontenders in our Cosmic Log Space Advent Calendar, which features outer-space views on a daily basis through Christmas.
Previously on the Space Advent Calendar:
- Day 16: Where the Middle East's snow shows
- Day 15: Snaky Colorado river tricks the eye
- Day 14: A space farewell to Nelson Mandela
- Day 13: Happy St. Lucy's Day from space
- Day 12: Island of Love needs healing
- Day 11: A fractal puzzle, seen from space
- Day 10: London and Paris light the night
- Day 9: 'Starry Night' at sea
- Day 8: Mount Etna makes its mark
- Day 7: Staring down into Mount Vesuvius
- Day 6: Grand Canyon, seen and unseen
- Day 5: NASA salutes Nelson Mandela
- Day 4: Twin volcanoes act up in the Pacific
- Day 3: Syria's medieval marvel marred
- Day 2: Where the rain in Spain goes
- Day 1: Farewell, Earth ... Hello, Mars!
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