June 21, 2011
Marks the Summer Solstice
That's my hand in the left corner holding my trusty point and shoot camera (Nikon Cool Pix P5100). I am right outside Rio Rancho's City Hall standing in front of one of the city's first piece of public art. You see, our city is only 30 years young. We don't go way back and we don't have old anythings. Which is kind of sad if you like old buildings and architecture (yes I do). But, the exciting part is that as a citizen, you have a chance to 'build a city'. Really.
The sculpture is a tribute to Chaco Canyon which is not too far from our city as the crow flies. What Chaco is known for is that it is a huge marker of astronomical events built by the ancients several hundreds of years ago. Huge in every sense of the word-the amount of area it covers geographically and the time span or years of cycles it marks. If you've never heard of it, read up on it. Phenomenal! Lots more images here at this link. And a video we did back in 2009 on You Tube.
Artist, Jaymes Dudding built this sculpture and followed suite with the ancients before us and created it so that it too, would mark the summer solstice (and winter too). On the morning of the solstice, a shaft of light enters the inner chamber of the sculpture and travels across a dichroic glass spiral of the universe that his wife, Pat, made for the sculpture. As it passes through the center, the shafts of light converges into one light dagger. It separates again after passing through the middle.
There was only three of us there to witness it this year. What a shame!!! I don't understand how the media can spend two days on a what was deemed as the lead story about a dog killed by his owner's golf ball but not something like this.There should be a mob of people to witness this as I think it is an amazing feat that Jaymes was able to execute his concept so successfully.
So, if you live in Rio Rancho or the neighboring metro area, mark your calendars for next year. We'll all go out for breakfast burritos with green chili in it afterwards!
"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." (Martin Luther King)
Every week, a group of us from around the world post our shadow shots over at Hey Harriet. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted! You can view all of my 2010 Shadow Shot Sunday images on my Flickr account. Click here to view them.