The Universal Blanket

The Universal Blanket is a multi-year, worldwide community art project that uses pieces of cloth from people around the planet to recreate the entire starscape as seen from Earth.

Every generation of humans has looked up at the night sky that blankets us; this experience weaves through time and connects us to our ancestors and our descendants. The starscape also connects the different times and locations we see in each speck of light: although the stars form a single blanketing vision from our perspective, the sky is more like a quilt whose patches are separated by thousands of years and trillions of miles. Each star we see comes from an immensely different location and time.

The Universal Blanket will materially recreate this starscape that is our human family heirloom, using patches of fabric whose spots – the stars – will be created by myriad human hands at manifold locations and times.


TO PARTICIPATE: Use any black piece of cloth between 3” x 3” and 4” x 4” with a white or yellow spot. That spot may be of any material as long as the piece can be washed.

Once your cloth is ready, please mail it to the address below along with your name, the location, the date and the time where you made the cloth.

The Universal Blanket Art Project

625 Loomis Rd 

Las Cruces, NM 88007 


Date & time made:

Location made:


To follow the progress, go to: The Universal Blanket

Thanks for your help, and I look forward to seeing what we make together!


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