A Choreography of Light
Public art installations, made with hundreds of pieces of hand made glass and light, fill spaces with unexpected, ever-changing patterns of reflections, refractions, and shadows. Photography by artist’s son, Zev Hoover. (http://www.demilked.com/surreal-self-portraits-14-year-old-fiddle-oak/)
A Sweep of Swifts (Oregon)
Vaux’s Swifts began roosting in Chapman School’s chimney in the late 1980s. In 2001, with a new heating system, the old chimney was preserved for the swifts. When humans so often exploit nature, this is a wonderful example of nurturing respect for wildlife and symbol of the Portland community.
Underwater, nieriä flit through currents. Sunlight reaches them, molded by clear water. Waves toss shadows and reflections down into the lake and up into the air. Arctic terns soar, swooping down over the water to catch glimpses of the vibrant world beneath the surface of Lake Kuolimo.
The sun is being reflected and refracted by the surface of the waters of Kodiak Island, while life is teeming below.
Although this art was inspired by the sun and wind in the Mount Blue region, the interplay of the glass and light creates shadows, reflections and refractions suggesting anemones, rivers, sea jellies, galaxies, or a myriad of other possibilities.
Harbor welcomes the visitor to the Defenders’ Lodge, with ocean light, reflected and refracted by the waves. The sky is dappled with arctic terns, nature’s most worldly travelers. The entire Earth is their home. This a place for weary wings to rest, a place of peace. This is a safe harbor.
Sunlight is reflected and refracted by the surface of the salt marsh water. Striped bass swim, salt grasses dance in the breezes, and snowy egrets glide in the sky.
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