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My art occupies the juncture between Nature and Culture.
Peter Erskine's "Secrets of the Sun: Millennial Meditations" is a culmination of his interest in the interplay of light, space, and architecture. For thirty years his sculpture has explored the way in which light falls on modulated surfaces. "Secrets of the Sun" uses the emotional impact of art to address the full range of nature from its most elemental expression as pure light to its most complex expression as global ecology.
After Erskine graduated from Yale in 1963, he traveled to India on a Fulbright Fellowship. The play of light on the relief surfaces of classical Indian sculpture continues to influence Erskine's work.
Throughout the 1980's, Erskine focused on site-specific architectural sculpture. This work was shown throughout the United States and Europe, including New York's Whitney Museum Sculpture Biennials. His work is included in numerous public, corporate, and private art collections worldwide.
In 1989 and 1990 Erskine invented a new interactive Solar Spectrum art medium. In 1992 "Secrets of the Sun: Millennial Meditations" premiered at the ancient Trajan's Market in the Roman Forum, an exhibition sponsored by the Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation. In 1993 the City of Berlin sponsored "Secrets of the Sun" (SOS) as the cultural centerpiece for their bid for the 2000 Olympics. SOS opened at historic Union Station in Los Angeles in 1995. SOS has received wide coverage in the global media: eight magazine cover stories in four languages, over 150 articles in the world press, and six global satellite TV broadcasts. TV and radio stories featuring Erskine's Solar Rainbow Art have been broadcast in over 100 countries.
Sun Dance, the first permanent SOS artwork was completed in 1997 at Puente Hills in Southern California
In 1998 Erskine completed installation of the SOS project at the Earth Centre in North Yorkshire, England, and two permanent installations at the "Sonne, Mond, und Sterne" exhibition in Essen, Germany.
In 2000, CROMOS, Erskine's Solar Spectrum Environmental Art, was installed in the Milan, Florence, and Rome railway stations, and 30 high speed bullet trains. Sponsorship was given by the World Wildlife Fund and Ferrovie dello Stato, the Italian state railway. In 2001 the CROMOS artwork in Milan's Central Station was acquired as a permanent installation.
"New Light on Rome 2000" ran for seven months in five ancient Roman sites sponsored by the City of Rome and Bettoja Hotels. The year 2000 also saw the installation of the "Rainbow Sundial Calendar" at the ECOS Environmental Park in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
Future SOS exhibitions and permanent installations are being developed for U.S. and Australian hospitals, a German subway sation, and an Italian train station. Please visit Peter's website, www.ErskineSolarart.net, for further information and photographs of the projects.
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