With all the talk Stateside about the total solar eclipse yesterday, Paddy and Plunkett just had to get a slice of the astronomical action for themselves! So they very kindly sent me on some pictures of themselves gadding around in this incredible and unearthly place – welcome to the Crawick Multiverse!
Crawick Mulitverse, Scotland - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
This unique attraction is really a large-scale art installation. Work here started in 2012, and the park opened in 2015. But the best part is that this project has given new life to an area that had been made unfarmable (and also just plain ugly) by years of open-cast coal mining. You wouldn’t think that to look at it now, would you?
The Spiral Galaxy Hills - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesThe hills are probably the most striking feature in the park, and I’m sure they can be seen for miles around! These 20 metre tall earth mounds represent the spiral galaxies of Andromeda and our own galactic home, the Milky Way. Did you know that while most of the other 100 billion-odd galaxies in the universe are moving away from us, Andromeda is actually heading right in our direction? The two galaxies are expected to meet in 4 billion years’ time, and this is an interpretation of what will happen next – they’ll whirl around together, stripping lines of stars and planets from each other in a sort of crazy spinning dance. I’m pretty glad I won’t be around to see THAT!

Of course, the boys were just dying to get in to have a closer look at everything… And despite the huge scale of the place, a few helpful “lifts” from passers by (whether they knew it or not) allowed them to mostly hop from place to place in style! First port of call – the Multiverse installation! Well, almost…
The Multiverse on the Hill -  Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
“Come on, Plunkett! We’re nearly there! It’s just up here on the hill behind me!”
The “Multiverse” is made of blocks of back and white layered mudstone, arranged in a corkscrew shape (which might be tricky to make out from this angle). It represents all the possible universes, and features carvings showing their different fates.

Well, apparently it does. Unfortunately, Plunkett ran out of puff halfway up the hill, and Paddy got distracted by the idea of the Omphalos, down at the bottom of the slope.
Approaching the Omphalos - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Paddy, are you sure about this? Omphalos stones mark the mythical ‘navel of the world’… Who knows WHAT’S potentially lurking in there?”
“Only one way to find out, Plunkett!”
Exploring the Omphalos - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Uh-oh! It’s Plunkett’s turn to get distracted! He’s found some thought-provoking poetry to look at…
Poetry Rocks! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties…And check this out – a whole galaxy trapped in a rock!
Teeny Galaxy - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Fortunately, it didn’t take Paddy too long to figure out that he was small enough to squeeze back out through those bars, so the boys were able to meet up again and stroll down the impressive North-South Line, which neatly divides the Multiverse site down the middle.
Walking the North-South Line - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
As well as making this walkway extra striking, the boulders lining the path protect walkers from the elements, and (most importantly) provide a playground for mischievous Beasties!
Bouldering with Paddy and Plunkett - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Plunkett, I think there’s one more place we need to go…”
One More Hill at the Multiverse - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“ANOTHER hill?”
“Don’t worry, it’ll TOTALLY be worth it!”
Nearly There, Plunkett! H Crawford?Crawrafts Beasties
“Come on Plunkett, you can do it!”
The View from Andromeda - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Not bad, Paddy. Not bad at all!
“Yup. And check it out – this is how the Milky Way looks from Andromeda! You don’t see that every day!”

This pair of monster space cadets will be back in a couple of weeks – unless they decide to spend a little more time exploring the Multiverse!

And what about you? How’s your week been? Did any of you get to see the eclipse? Let us know in the comments!

40 thoughts on “Paddy and Plunkett, Rulers of the Multiverse!

  1. I had no idea such a park existed! I love the idea of the universe replicated under one’s feet. And, the reclaimation of an old coal mine is certainly wonderful. Have you been to the Gas Works Park in Seattle? Similar story there: horrible environmental mismanagement and damage, but today a beautiful coastal park. <3 Happy exploring to the Beasties!

    1. Thanks Melissa! I just looked up Gas Works Park, and it looks awesome… It’s especially great how they managed to convert some of the old industrial buildings rather than demolish them. I wish I could have seen it when I was in Seattle! The Multiverse is a much newer attraction, but hopefully it will become as important to the locals as Gas Works Park has πŸ˜€ Cheers for stopping by!

  2. Marvelous! Just think how this place will confound archeologists in the future (unless they have access to the Beastie Blog). We watched a bit of the eclipse here…southern Saskatchewan had 79% coverage of the sun. I was hoping the sky would go dim, but it did not.

    1. Hahaha! I didn’t think of that! πŸ˜† I guess this makes the BeastieBlog a potentially valuable future archaeological resource πŸ˜€ And how cool that you got most of an eclipse – it really does bring home the vast amount of energy our sun is pumping out, if more than 3/4 of it was covered and you still didn’t get the dim sky you expected! Thanks for stopping in, Nicole πŸ˜€

  3. Ooh, this place is fascinating and totally appeals to my inner nerdy astrophysicist! Glad to see P&P managed not to get sucked into any black holes (both the spacey ones and any leftover coal mine shafts). Oh and thanks for reminding me to mark my calendar for that upcoming meeting with Andromeda…galaxies get so testy when you’re late for appointments.

    1. Yes, you’d want to be careful not to miss that… If the best we can hope for out of the encounter is to be pulled out like a loose hair and flung off into space, just imagine what will happen if Andromeda is in a bad mood! 😱
      As for black holes… You know, they’re missing a trick there. A supermassive black hole helter skelter slide in the middle of one of those galaxy hills would be AMAZING! Thanks for your comment, Tammie! πŸ˜€

      1. And just think, if they had a black hole, they’d have no need for trash cans. “Please respect the Multiverse by tossing any garbage into the black hole, folks.” And no worries about hiring someone to change the bin bag!

        1. Ha! You’re right, and why stop there? Every home should have its own black hole, too! πŸ˜€

        2. Heeheehee! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ “City Sanitation accepts no responsibility for the loss of personal items, pets or family members in industrial, municipal and domestic black holes. Customers use these facilities at their own risk.”

        3. Niiiiice! That’s the kind of job every little girl dreams of having when she grows up! πŸ˜‚

    1. Isn’t it amazing? And the pictures I saw of the place before work began (Paddy and Plunkett picked up some leaflets for me) would make your jaw drop… It was completely desolate. Glad you enjoyed the tour, thanks for popping in!

  4. What an incredible place! I totally want to pack my bags and visit it. I love the concept and all those wonderful spiral shapes and forms but I also love that someone has constructed an interesting place to explore on what was a redundant site.

    1. Yes, I love it when places like this are given a new lease of life… And this is such an unusual idea, too! It’s about halfway between Glasgow and Dumfries, if you’re back on this side of the Atlantic anytime soon πŸ˜‰ Cheers for joining the boys on their latest outing!

        1. Let me know if you do! It might also be a fun place for the Pictlings to run wild… Apparently even to non-Beasties, this place is enormous!

    1. Hooraaaaay! You’re back πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by Paddy and Plunkett’s own private Multiverse… I’ll have to pop into the Cottage on the Green and see what you’ve been up to this summer! Hope it’s been a good one πŸ˜€

      1. I don’t suppose Paddy & Plunkett will be opening a tour company anytime soon will they?? they have such adventures I feel sure there is an entrepreneurial opening in the market for them LOL

        1. I’d book with them! You’d get a good mix of informative tours from Plunkett and zany antics from Paddy… It would truly be the trip of a lifetime! πŸ˜‚

  5. Great, my ‘to-travel-list’ is getting longer every time Paddy and Plunkett go out on a new adventure. This looks so cool and interesting. The perfect place for a intergalactic monster meet – Katching says ‘hi’. πŸ˜€

    1. Hello back from all the Beasties! πŸ™‹ Paddy and Plunkett have taken some really good trips this year, haven’t they? Although even I wasn’t expecting them to end up in outer space! Hope you had a good vacation too, I’ll have to drop in and see what you’ve been up to! Thanks for stopping by πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks for stopping in! Paddy was actually tempted to try out a bit of hill-rolling, but Plunkett stopped him in case he fell into a wormhole πŸ˜‰

  6. I really enjoy the details you’ve shared on this very fascinating site and installation. It’s helpful to be reminded that ours is one of countless galaxies, and I had no clue Andromeda was headed over (hopefully, all the star + planet swapping will go amicably!). Paddy and Plunkett’s visit has got me wondering, now, who could be living in some or all of those other galactic neighbourhoods. πŸ™‚ And the park also looks like an absolutely lovely place to do a little bit of star-gazing on a clear night. A wonderful and enchanted place, Helen! ❀

    1. Thanks, Shirley! I’m interested to see how this place grows over the next few years, since it is still quite a new attraction… You’re right, I’m sure it would be spectacular on a clear, starry night! There’s also an amphitheatre just beyond the “galaxy hills” where I believe they actually stage live performances from time to time, too… How good would that be on a sunny summer’s evening? Also, your comment just made me realise that this Beastie adventure is essentially about two little green men exploring the universe – traditional sci-fi at its finest! πŸ˜‚ Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Ha! You know him so well! πŸ˜‚ I think they got a pretty good overview of the place though… You can’t really tell from the photos, but apparently it’s immense!

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