About the Sculpture "Solarsonic:"
Inspired by the ancient Chinese “Bi,” the Neolithic jade discs with a central opening that were used to meditate on transcending earth to the heavens, "Solarsonic” is a series of 14 lenses suspended within the terminal’s exterior glass canopy structure. The lenses – a tensile ring structure clad on one side with holographic light-defractive glass -- are graduated in size and connected by 20 horizontal cables, woven in a torroidal pattern, tensioned and attached to anchorages at either end. The overall 100-meter long ensemble is reminiscent of a segmented Chinese Dragon kite and scaled from the fuselage of the SST.
Ray King is an artist who uses the natural phenomena of light and optics as an art medium. He has exhibited his work internationally since 1976. Major installations have been commissioned throughout the US, Europe and Asia -- all are site-specific and inspired by the surrounding space and landscape.
In designing Solarsonic, King was reminded of science fiction author, Sir Arthur Clark’s short story "Wind from the Sun," about a spacecraft that was propelled by the power of sunlight. This method of deep space travel is becoming a reality. Solarsonic is one in a series of chromatic sculptures by King designed to interact with the sun. The sculpture’s concave holographic lenses are positioned to face the southern meridian of the sun and will be illuminated at night.
Sculpture by Ray King
Directed, Photographed, and Edited by Julian King
Original score by Omar Jon Ajluni.
Titles by Cassidy Gearhart
Color Correction by Julian King