Sun in the Forest
Very Hot Sun
Submitted by artist Kaylin Tennant, 6 years old; lives in Johannesburg, South Africa
|©2007. Credit & copyright Greg Piepol.
Used with permission.
artist M. Gutierrez.
artist Henry Roll.
and poetry by various adult artists. Click on each image to see
a full-sized version and to read the poems.
Representations of the Sun
student artists at Academia Juarez, a bilingual school in Colonia
The Sun and
|By artist Erinmarie Overstreet, a 7th grader in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
Artist, sculptor, and engineer Thomas Lindsey
is developing a series of large solar-powered installations
to promote a greater awareness and appreciation of the Earth-Sun
relationship. Each of these installations would be made of a
kinetic wheel, cone, or drum activated by a set of photovoltaic
solar cells and would also include musical elements. Utilizing
the idea of a Buddhist prayer wheel, Lindsey's work is intended
to ultimately serve as a contemporary shrine or meditation garden.
more about SOLARWORKS.
Image courtesy of Thomas Lindsey
"This quilt began as an exercise in using
various black fabrics and was completely unplanned. After a lot
of sewing and cutting and resewing, the piece was interesting
but somehow unfinished. The piece lay dormant for months as I
was dissatisfied with the resulting jagged city-scape. I finally
realized that the yang of the black sharp-edged shapes needed
to be balanced by the yin of a round warm shape. Thus, I included
a hopeful, rising sun amid the oppressive blocks with some accompanying
curvy sunrays. I am happy about the balance in this quilt now.
This piece is currently on display at the 2006 National Small
Art Quilt Works show at The Main Street Gallery located at 105
Main Street, Groton New York."
artwork from the winners and participants in the SOHO
form of art uses solar energy by focusing sunlight through a lens
to create images on wood. "Solar Art is the artform of focused
sunlight. The glass lens is known as a magnifier within the narrow
confines of classrooms throughout the world. It has another seldom
emphasized yet well documented ability to bend sunlight into a single
point. This pinpoint of solar energy is hot enough to burn amazing
designs into wood." (http://www.solarart.org/)
Photo courtesy of Larry Shaitelman
Spectrum Environmental Art
Image: Visitors walk inside a living map of
the solar year. Each "Rainbow Sundial calendar" is a
unique joining of astronomy, architecture, locale, and art.
uses light to create his environmental art in the form of rainbow
spectrums in buildings and other architectural structures. "The
artists work is firmly anchored in the architecture and
context of each locality. In this art the Sun is not only the
subject of the work but the medium and energy source as well."
Visit his website at http://erskinesolarart.net/.
Horizon" by C. Marie Mackie
To read about Marie Mackie's solar-inspired
abstract artwork, click
by Thorbjoern Lausten and Jesper Munk Jensen, based on solar data
from the MDI instrument on the SOHO spacecraft, the Wilcox Solar
Observatory, and others. For more examples, and a description of
the techniques, see Visual Art and Music
from Solar Data
was trying to capture a spinning object throwing off sparks or debris
into deep space (what she calls the star pattern in the background).
This could directly be interpreted as the Sun spinning and throwing
off flares and/or light in the colors of the rainbow.
Materials: 100% Cotton; Padding 100% Acrylic
blanket; Thread: 100% mercerized cotton thread. Made from 29 pieces:
1 Pc on back and acting as a binding, center square is 8 pieces,
16 pieces around the "Sun", and 4 corners.
Art Celebrates Connection between DNA, Music, and Light!
Digital artist Brian LaRossa has creatively celebrated the relationship
between human and solar energy by using music to translate DNA into
light. His exquisite imagery unites a portion of a human chromosome
with selected tones and hues into a light-based conceptual whole.
See and hear more at
Heart of the Sun by Hua Nian
series Messages From Nature was inspired by my husband
Steve Taylor, a composer as well as a lover of space science.
He was working on a piece called
Shattering Suns in which he explored the dynamic
source of all manifestations of nature. Part of the piece uses
a recording of the Sun's "voice," seismic vibrations recorded
by scientists and adapted to the range of human audibility. When
he played for me the sound of the sun's vibration, for the first
time in my life I heard the voice of the sun--so close, so alive,
so strong yet steady, so reliable and sincere... I felt like I
was embraced by the Sun's warm breath, or inside his chest to
hear his beating heart...
The common knowledge we have about the Sun and the scenery we
see everyday have blocked us from having a spiritual relationship
with the Sun. We all know we can't live without it; however, we
take for granted what it has been giving to us generously since
the earth was born. I was indifferent to the Sun's existence until
I heard his voice--that made me really want to touch him and feel
the blazing heat. I was stunned when listening to his voice, deeply
experiencing his real existence. I was thrilled to think about
the personal relationship between the Sun and nature, nature and
me, me and the Sun...
Overwhelmed by these feelings, a body of watercolor/pastel paintings
was made in a few days. If Steve's music is about the majestic
moment of creation in space, these paintings are close-ups of
the creations themselves, in which colors, shapes and lines in
every corner celebrate the dynamic beauty, mystery, and freedom
of nature. The messages of creation imbue the whole universe."
Watercolor and pastel, as well as text, by Hua Nian. Used with
Sun by Nancy Brown
Adult artist; Newport, OR.
A PC Paintbrush/retouched EIT image.
By (l. to r.): Emily H., age 5, Redwood
City, CA; Kyle G., Redwood City, CA; Nathan H., Redwood City,
By Dominic Semilia's Son, Brooklyn, NY
By Tara Gross, Newark, DE
By Jerry Maday, Worcester, MA (Sent
in by his son, Johnny)
By Jonathan Heflin, New Market, Alabama; (Age 3, with help from