DESERT-O

Location

Tucson, AZ

Year

2004

Dimensions

6' x 1.5' x 7'

Media

steel, acrylic, LED lighting, electronics, touch sensor

Client

Tucson Pima Arts Council

An illuminated, translucent torus stands on two legs, at a human scale, encouraging viewers to interact with it both as a fellow being and an object to inhabit. During the daytime, the attached solar system absorbs and stores energy to re-emit at night as ethereal and playful light patterns that recur weekly. These patterns vary day-to-day, positioning the work as a unique timekeeping piece. A secret touch sensor allows visitors to control the lighting themselves.