'Solaris' marks the
metaphysical point where solar and pole star
positions intersect and where the viewer can
track celestial (apparent) movement from an
apparently fixed point (where the viewer
is). The constellations Ursa Major and
Cassiopeia (constructed in blue and clear
glass orbs) align the 'tracking device'
(blue glass ring and vertical glass lens),
between which sits a copper disk of arcs,
glyphs and a 'graduated' ring of cast blue
glass. As these two constellations point to
Polaris, the pole star, and the solar
illumination of the 'graduated' lens and
copper plates shines light onto the
inscribed arcs, this piece blends the
solar/polar ideas of light and navigation.
Cast stone, steel, cast and sandblast carved
glass, lens, copper. Internal electric
lighting. Approx. 5 feet (1.5 metres).
View of the 'tracking device'
(solar lens, constellations, copper disk,
Detail view of the inscribed
copper disk and cast blue glass ring.
Night view showing the internal electric
light focused through the 'tracking device'
and split by the facets of the glass.
Hoar frost and a background of snow
highlight the 'lens-eye' view of a toppled