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Solar Time Plane

 

Solar Time Plane, large metal sculpture that picks up light from sun causing rainbow effects.

 

 Artist:  Dale Eldred

Title:  "Solar Time Plane"

Medium:  Sculpture - Metal

Year Installed:  1986

Venue:  Broward County Main Library

 

Description

Late artist Dale Eldred, recipient of many awards including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, designed this sculpture that refracts sunlight during day hours and artificial illumination at night. Incorporating solar diffraction grating material for the surface coating, the sculpture presents a constant shifting spectrum of colors that underlines the interactive complexities of time and relative optical movement.

Its greatest period of reflected solar luminescence is during the months of November through February, corresponding to the angle of the sun in relation to the location where the sculpture stands. 

 

Artist Statement

"What is important in this work is not in the structure itself, not in its object nature, but in the phenomena which take place on its surface. The sculpture is a very carefully constructed receiver, designed to intercept and manipulate light - to expose its properties and its components - and to allow this light, in its daily passage across all our surfaces, to prod us a little in our geocentrist illusion"

 

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Detail of Solar Time Plane, large metal sculpture that picks up light from sun causing rainbow effects.Detail of Solar Time Plane, large metal sculpture that picks up light from sun causing rainbow effects.Detail of Solar Time Plane, large metal sculpture that picks up light from sun causing rainbow effects.Detail of Solar Time Plane, large metal sculpture that picks up light from sun causing rainbow effects.Detail of Solar Time Plane, large metal sculpture that picks up light from sun causing rainbow effects.

Detail of Solar Time Plane, large metal sculpture that picks up light from sun causing rainbow effects.Detail of Solar Time Plane, large metal sculpture that picks up light from sun causing rainbow effects.Detail of Solar Time Plane, large metal sculpture that picks up light from sun causing rainbow effects.Detail of Solar Time Plane, large metal sculpture that picks up light from sun causing rainbow effects.Detail of Solar Time Plane, large metal sculpture that picks up light from sun causing rainbow effects.