Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Solar Equation, Relational Architecture 16, 2010.
After Germany, Australia, England and South Korea, the Canadian premiere of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s installation Solar Equation affords the MNBAQ an opportunity to focus on current affairs through reflection on the ecological and philosophical nature and future of our planet.
Solar Equation, a large-scale work, will present a reconstitution of the Sun in the Grand Hall of the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion. It is made up of LEDs suspended in the public area at the entrance to the MNBAQ and relies on data recorded by the NASA Solar Observatory. Constantly shifting animations offer visitors a glimpse of different types of movements representing the turbulence observed on the Sun’s surface, a majestic natural phenomenon recently discovered by astronomy researchers.
The work’s scope and the project’s boldness are incomparable. Solar Equation has the potential to move us, heighten awareness of global warming and our relationship to the living environment and, above all, to draw us together in a shared experience.
(Photo courtesy of Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec.)