Planet Walk

Anchorage, Alaska

A celestial path through the city.

How do you help people understand the scope of the universe and Earth’s place in our solar system? That was the question pondered by amateur astronomer and high school student Eli Menaker, who proposed a walking tour of the solar system, scaled to fit the sidewalks and trails of Anchorage.

Starting at the sun designed by MCG, a 12-foot half dome clad in handmade ceramic tile, in the heart of downtown Anchorage, the walk continued along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

The sun’s vibrant yellow tile and the surrounding off-street open space, punctuated by electronic information screens, served as a public gathering space and iconic landmark at the center downtown.