Artist research material © Solar Reserve
Mirrors bouncing Nevada’s desert sun onto towers is the source material for New York’s Lincoln Center new digital art commission from Irish artist John Gerrard, curated by the Public Art Fund. “Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014,” named after the solar thermal power plant halfway between Las Vegas and Reno, will be a 28 by 24-foot LED wall at Lincoln Center simulating the western motion of the sun and moon over the course of an eastern day. “While video art has had the limitation of only being able to be shown at night, this state-of-the-art LED wall will be the first time a project like this will be visible 24/7,” Public Art Fund director Nicholas Baume told the New York Times.
“With its compelling, subtle imagery and sophisticated use of digital technology,” said Lincoln Center president Jed Bernstein in a press release. “John’s work will be of interest not only to visual art fans and casual passers-by, but also to those who follow gaming and environmental technology.” Also from the release:
The team of modelers, and programmers, using a sophisticated video game engine. Simultaneously over a 24-hour period the point of view will cycle from ground level to a satellite view every 60 minutes, creating an elaborate choreography among perspectives, 10,000 turning mirrors, and a dramatic interplay of light and shadow.
Those traveling between Las Vegas and Southern California are familiar with Solar Reserve's other concentrated solar power plant, located just outside of Primm, Nevada.
"Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014" will be on view at Lincoln Center in New York from October 3 through December 1, 2014.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.