Erika Blumenfeld’s Sky Scrolls is a public artwork that intends to activate the Houston community’s awareness, connection and interaction with our view of the universe under our urban night sky. Looking up at the night sky has sparked awe and wonder, given rise to worldviews, cosmologies and traditions, motivated art and architecture, and awakened philosophy and science across time. As far back as we can see in the material remains of our species’ lineage, cultures have looked to the stars to answer some of the most fundamental human questions, whether to scientifically locate and understand our place in the universe or to reflect on the meaning of our lives. Yet, multiple fields of research have confirmed that artificial light pollution and the loss of our starry night sky is causing significant health risks for humans, wildlife, plants, ecosystems and biodiversity. We evolved within a particular natural day-night cycle, and our wellbeing is physiologically and culturally linked to the natural night. Blumenfeld believes that to achieve sustainability we must enter into a dialogue about those things that threaten our cultural wellbeing, our ecological biodiversity and our environmental health. Extensive research on the vanishing night sky indicates that these three facets of our community’s wellbeing are in peril, and go beyond the tangible, visible effects—the veiling of the night sky also threatens the more intangible aspects of our cultural continuity and traditional knowledge as well. The Sky Scrolls project hopes to initiate a conversation about the night sky as a source of natural and cultural wellbeing by capturing people’s meaningful experiences under the night sky through their personal stories. Our stories are the intangible cultural evidence of what we hold as meaningful in our hearts and minds, and sharing them allows for a kind of social remembering. Blumenfeld began collecting people’s night sky stories in 2013 as the raw material for a new series of works, and this installation in Houston will be the first produced in the Sky Scrolls series. The installation will present 30 personal night-sky stories from the Houston community, embedding into crystal spheres, which will be captured within a “star wall” structure and set on an open greenspace in District D. Stay tuned for more information as the artist continues to unveil her project.