Public Art City of Shoreline #1: Reflex Solaris

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Reflex Solaris
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

City of Shoreline Public Art Collection
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park 2021 NW 190th Street 98177
City of Shoreline 1% for Art Program 2009

Reflex Solaris Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan, artists. Concrete, steel, and sun

Artists' Statement: Reflex Solaris is an environmental artwork that uses the sun's alignment and reflection to create an aesthetic experience tied to the park's unique concave landform, dramatic westerly views, and cyclical time.

Stainless steel reflector
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Radiating out from a focal point sundial terrace is a series of five sculptural reflectors built into the land's upper slopes. Each reflector aligns with a significant geographical and astronomical locus; the Solstices, Equinoxes, True North, and Magnetic North.

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Each mirrored stainless steel reflector has three facets positioned to capture and play with the visual dynamics and spatial relationships of the dramatic site - from the cinemagraphic sky-scape of moving clouds, sunlight, moonlight, and starlight, to the spectacular views out across Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains.

Sweeping views from every angle
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

On the solstices and equinoxes, the setting sun hits the aligned reflector shooting sunlight back to the central sundial to create a nexus of place, space, and time.

--Text courtesy City of Shoreline



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