Saturday, August 26, 2017

Solar Totems

Three 12-foot reclaimed redwood logs are standing tall in Glen Canyon Park, in front of the rec center, with their centers carved out. The leftmost log has a spherical lens rigged up in front of it, which focuses the sunlight, burning the log. As the day progresses, the point of focus changes, so that the entire day is recorded as a line, with varying levels of burn depending on cloud cover. Every day, the spherical lens is raised slightly, so that the log will record one year of solar history. Together, the three logs will record three years. The artist, Charles Sower, has more information about his Solar Totems installation at his website.

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