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Combining Art & Science

Combining Art & Science

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, March 27, 2019/Categories: natural history, art and design, adventure

                                      Solar Rotary Installation, South Florida University (credit: Nancy Holt)

The landscape artist Nancy Holt likes to combine science in her art. Her Solar Rotary was constructed on the campus of the University of South Florida. The artist used the assistance of an astronomer who calculated the misallocation's exact latitude and longitude, and the Sun's angle, on important dates in Florida's history.

According to the University,

"At solar noon on the day of summer solstice, Solar Rotary's shadow-caster creates a circle of light around the central seat. On five specific days of the year, at times specific for each day, Solar Rotary casts its circle of light around plaques placed in the ground of the plaza that mark historic events for the State of Florida and the city of Tampa. Additional seating is on four benches set into the nearby landscape marking the cardinal compass directions of North, South, East and West."

The circle of sunlight will surround five bronze plates in the plaza pavement at specific times on historical dates inscribed on the plaques. These dates include: the 1st reported sighting of Florida by Europeans in 1513; the 1st map of Florida drawn in 1772; the 1st Tampa town government in 1849; the groundbreaking for South Florida University in 1958; and the Apollo moon landing launched from Cape Canaveral in 1969.

The 'Arts and Sciences' have always been connected and both endeavors benefit from these mutual creative relationships.



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