Secrets of the Sun (S.O.S.) is an interdisciplinary artwork about our complex relationship with the Sun. S.O.S. combines the emotional impact of art with science, technology, and the environment in a participatory learning experience with universal cultural appeal.
S.O.S. is based on three “BIG IDEAS”:
- Sunlight is Energy.
- All Life is Solar-Powered.
- Everything is Connected to Everything Else.
Art and Performance—S.O.S. creates a new art medium using Sunlight as “paint”, and architecture and viewers as “canvas”. Music and sound design make S.O.S. into a participatory multimedia art form. Formal and informal dance groups have performed at S.O.S..
Science—S.O.S. viewers can explore such issues as the electromagnetic spectrum, optical physics, Solar energy, Solar power, color vision, photosynthesis, meteorology, climate change, astronomy, time – seasons – calendars, and environmental preservation.
Technology—S.O.S. uses laser technology and photovoltaic panels that generate electricity from sunlight. Computer-controlled electronics align the heliostat with the sun throughout the changing seasons.
Environment—S.O.S. engages us in vital environmental issues of our time: air pollution, global warming, ozone depletion, and loss of biodiversity caused by our fossil fuel-powered society; and the promise of a clean, clear future using renewable energy generated by the sun.