Higgs Ocean

The Higgs Ocean series by acclaimed photographer Andrea Galvani, winner of the 2010 Exposure Prize documents a unique action staged off the coast of the Svalbard Islands in the Arctic Circle. The project involved one research institute, two scientists and a crew of 16 people, and was borne out of fours months of study and preparation with a group of New York based Russian engineers. Over the course of the 2800 km sail, the artist used two photovoltaic panels to collect the natural energy of the limited daily sunlight, which he then used to charge a flashlight capable of projecting a beam of light more than 100,000 ansi lumen strong. The beam of light pierced the Arctic landscape and sky, and within a few minutes, it had returned the luminescent memory of the artist’s trip to the universe.