The Green Ray by Jotta Studio - Aesthetic Post

The Green Ray by Jotta Studio

The Green Ray by Jotta Studio

The Green Ray by Jotta Studio

The Green Ray by Jotta Studio

The Green Ray by Jotta Studio

The optical phenomenon known as the “green ray” can occur just after sunset or right before sunrise as a very brief flash of distinct green light above the upper rim of the sun’s disk. The subject of Jules Verne’s Le Rayon-Vert, the mysterious fleeting visual event has inspired explorers and artists alike.

Commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art for Canal Convergence 2018, London-based Jotta Studio’s “The Green Ray” installation follows the rising and falling of the Arizona sunset above the Arizona Canal running through Scottsdale. The half-circle sculpture floats just above water level, relying on its own reflection to complete the sun’s shape. The piece, which, in part, represents our dependence on the elements of sun and water, consists of a framework of under-lit stainless steel fillets, inspired by modernist ideals exhibited in surrounding desert architecture. As dawn breaks, the sun emerges from the horizon line of the water through an intense bright yellow, before morphing to a piercing white light at high noon. During the day, The Green Ray’s panels reflect and refract the bright desert sun across the water; at night, the solar-powered structure is lit to recreate the completion of the sun’s cycle, shifting through the color spectrum towards the blood orange sunset, and finally, at twilight, revealing the green ray moment, before settling on the blue hour of night.

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