Charles Sowers born 1998 An American Artist
My work presents actual physical phenomena - often of striking visual beauty - that draw people into a careful noticing and interaction. I seek to provoke a sense of delight and wonder and reward extended observation. Sometimes this involves developing an apparatus to recreate and highlight some natural phenomenon observed in the world. [from artist's website]
Solar Totems 2017
Solar Totems 2017, Charles Sowers born 1998, An American Artist, Glen Canyon Recreation Center, San Francisco, California

Over the course of 3 years, three reclaimed redwood logs receive the "writing" of the sun as its rays are focused by a spherical lens to lightly burn into the wood. As the sun moves across the sky, the burn becomes a line, preserving a record of sunshine periodically broken by fog or cloudy skies.[from artist's website]

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