SOLAR ECHO (2014)
La Lune: Energy Producing Art
Long Reef Headland
SOLAR ECHO focuses attention on the subtle changes that surround us in nature – things we may not even notice or that we quickly forget. We often take the weather for granted until a violent storm or a heatwave reminds us of our own vulnerability and the risks our planet faces from climate change. This new work attempts to extend our awareness of everyday phenomena by recording changes in the intensity of sunlight over the period of the exhibition. Sixteen luminous spheres arranged in grid formation replay these shifting light levels in the evening.
Sunlight measurements taken each day have been added to those from preceding days. On the final night of the exhibition SOLAR ECHO displays the sunlight levels recorded over the entire week, with each consecutive 10 hours of sunlight compressed into approximately one hour.
Located at the top of Long Reef Headland with a panoramic view of the ocean, SOLAR ECHO sits like a mythical siren singing a warning song in rhythms of light about the need to pay attention to the environment and our impact on it.
CREDITS: Margaret Seymour - concept and design, Dr Andrew Burrell - interactive programming.
Link to La Lune: Energy Producing Art catalogue.