Solar Sight, 10/07, Sunnyside Park and Playground,
San Francisco, California
Six panels of water-jet cut, painted, stainless steel, San Francisco Public Art Program,
The design direction for this railing treatment originated in the name of its location, Sunnyside Park.
The curvilinear patterns cut into water-jet cut stainless steel were abstracted from patterns found in NASA’s TRACE close-up satellite photos of the solar surface. These photos show enormous plumes of plasma, electrified gases that surge up from the surface of the sun. These plumes move at tremendous speeds and form coronal loops that stand hundreds of thousands of miles off the surface of the sun.
This public artwork seeks to heighten awareness of the new understanding of the sun, and to encourage greater consideration of solar energy as a key to solving our global climate crisis.