The Little Earth installation consists of four channels of synchronised video shot on Haldde Mountain in the Norwegian Arctic, Ben Nevis in Scotland, and on the island of Svalbard. Video shot from 4 perspectives is projected onto a suspended cube-like structure, with an 8 channel surround sound score and narrated text. The visitor is invited to circumnavigate the work. As a prelude to this artwork, Gilchrist and Joelson formally twinned the Ben Nevis Observatory, with Haldde Observatory, in a ceremony held at the West Highland Museum, Fort William on 2nd October 2004.
Little Earth was made in collaboration with composer Dugal McKinnon, writer James Flint, and architect Ed Holloway and was funded by Arts Council England, The Scottish Arts Council, Lochaber Enterprise & The Highland Council. The collaboration with the Radio and Space Plasma Physics Group was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) and Arts Council England (ACE) through the Arts and Science Research Fellowships Scheme. Additional support in kind from ALCAN, Alta Museum, MMA (Mendip Manufacturing Agency), Wapping Project and West Highland Museum. Research and developement facilitated by artist residencies at Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Northumberland, 2003; ACE International Fellowship, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausilito, California, 2002.