The place where you can walk through the Universe

The place where you can walk through the Universe
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Last summer, I saw the multiverse open up. It happened in the wilds of Dumfries and Galloway, near Crawick, 50 miles (80km) south of Glasgow. It was June, but the multiverse was rather cold and rainy. Still, I do recommend that you go to see it for yourself. Take your boots.

The Crawick (pronounced "Croyck") Multiverse is not a rift in space-time, but a landscape sculpture by architect and designer Charles Jencks. Constructed from the debris of a former coal mine, the 22-hectare (55 acre) site is a project of baroque ambition, speaking at the same time to the mysteries of Neolithic monuments and to the current speculations of cutting-edge cosmology.

There are all manner of strange objects to explore: spiralling tumuli, crescent-shaped lagoons, cryptic inscriptions, amphitheatres and tomb-like chambers. But much more than a system of strange earthworks, the Crawick Multiverse is a representation of our current ideas about the universe - and of the possible other universes that some theories predict to exist, but which, by definition, we cannot see.

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