Seeing a Styrofoam cup stuck on a fence one day got Park thinking about the chain links properties of being both rigid and porous, of acting as a boundary while retaining an appearance of openness…
Explains Park, “Like a net, the sculpture is a filter that is meant to capture the light that is already there and force it to reveal itself. Now we can see it, the light, in purple shadows and yellow-green reflections that both mirror the shape of the fence and restructure the space they inhabit.”
Related watching from Rice University, a physicist’s perspective on Park’s shimmering, iridescent piece, featuring Jason Hafner, Associate Professor of Physics, Astronomy and Chemistry at Rice, and a time-lapse of the installation:
Solar Bell, a kite-like wind sculpture made of lighter-than-air materials — carbon fiber tubing and paper-thin solar panels — by Argentinian artist Tomàs Saraceno, in association with the Aerospace Engineering Faculty at TU Delft, The Netherlands.
The design of Solar Bell is based on a model of a modular tetrahedron, or four-sided pyramid, invented by Alexander Graham Bell during his early investigations into manned flight. Bell made important discoveries in the field of aviation and frame construction, and happened upon the strongest geometrical structure in the known cosmos—the octet truss—the same space frame that Buckminster Fuller later followed in his Geodesic dome. Saraceno breathes new life into Bell’s legacy by using the materials and knowledge of our time.