SOLAR FLARE is viewable from December 2013 – February 1, 2014

SOLAR FLARE is an interactive sun sculpture designed to artificially prolong “golden hour” into the longest and coldest nights of the year. Conceived specifically for Stephen Avenue pedestrian walkway in Calgary (Canada), the piece is activated by viewers as they pass beneath. A temporary interjection into the early darkness of the Canadian winter, SOLAR FLARE explores the social elements of light – particularly warm light – and its power to draw together diverse communities to bask in its glow.

The third in a series of large-scale light sculptures created by Calgarian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett, SOLAR FLARE pays homage to an established genre of sun-themed works by quintessential light artists, attempting to catch and re-create an artificial semblance of the brightest and most essential celestial body known to earth. Whether this pursuit is a utopian fantasy, a god complex, or an attempt to suspend time itself, SOLAR FLARE invites audiences to reconsider a familiar space and engage with their city in a different light – after darkness falls.

SOLAR FLARE is sponsored by Downtown Calgary.

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Rough diagram of SOLAR FLARE


Drafts of SOLAR FLARE designed by Ivan Ostapenko (architect)