Artist: Dale Eldred
Title: "Solar Time Plane"
Medium: Sculpture - Metal
Year Installed: 1986
Venue: Broward County Main Library
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.
"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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