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.
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.
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