ONE SUN ARGENTINA
The National University of Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina.
Brick, Stainless Steel, Concrete.
Area covered by both structures is
15' x 75' x 20'H.
Main structure is 15' x 15' x 20'H.
During the “90’s I was the creator, principal artist, and director of an international public art project. One Sun, One Earth, One Peace project celebrated the diversity of people and cultures. This project was an avenue of communication, allowing people of diverse cultures and backgrounds to work together while achieving a common goal. Public art was the tool for collaboration and inclusion. The One Sun Project desired to create a better understanding and acceptance.
The public art sites for the project represented the major landmasses with three locations in the northern hemisphere and three in the southern hemisphere. Each site design represents the history, culture, and uniqueness. Each site had two common sculptural elements, an alignment pole, and a semi-circle. At a predetermined date and time, the shadow cast by the alignment pole aligns with the semi-circle. This event is an alignment. Sequential alignments occur only twice a year, the spring equinox, and the fall equinox. Within 24 hours, the world sites connect by sequential alignments creating a conceptual line circling the world.
Unfortunately, the events and effects of 9/11 created a loss of funding. At the time of 9/11, two sites, Argentina and Australia were completed, and Canada, England, and Ukraine were in various stages of activity. The two completed sites are in place and active. During this project's life, over 15,000 people worldwide were actively involved. Artists, museums, universities, city councils, civic clubs, school children, college students, construction workers, and countless of citizens contributed to the success as seen today through maintained connections.
This is the first structure completed of the One Sun, One Earth, One Peace project. On the campus of the National University of Cordoba, it is representative of the history, culture, and people of the site. The wall design is reminiscent of Pre-Columbian architecture. The symbols were inspired by the art and artifacts of that period. The walls represent the barriers one must overcome in the quest for knowledge and enlightenment. Moving through the doorway one passes from the past to the future. The design of the columns and domes were influenced by the Spanish colonial period. Moving through the columns one emerges onto the future, the platform, the place for the expression of ideas. In the floor of the platform are individual designs created by local artist
ONE SUN AUSTRALIA
Stainless Steel, Red Gum, and Bricks.
Park area 100’ x 150’
The design for Mildura Art Museum Park reflects the diversity of Australia's physical and cultural elements. The Murray River is illustrated by the River Snake’s curving path in a mosaic design that runs throughout the park area. Koori, the indigenous people living along the Murray River, designed and painted the tiles for the head and the zig-zag lines that run throughout the River Snake, representing the continuation of the Koori culture in Australian life. The other 3,000 tiles were designed and painted by the students from the Mildura School System. The alignment pole stands atop four tall red gum timbers. These timbers represent the built environment of Australia. The mixing of natural and contemporary concepts ideas and materials, the diverse artistic and cultural styles brought together through the unifying input of the whole community.