After first discovering the installation work of Caitlind Brown and Wayne Garrett we were thrilled to learn of the artist’s recent endeavor SOLAR FLARE.  

 

Architectural drafts of SOLAR FLARE by Ivan Ostapenko.  The aluminum core of the structure provides a rigid support for 146 5-foot acrylic tubes which function as homemade fiber optics – the rays of the sun.

 

Architectural draft, photo by Caitlind Brown
Architectural draft, photo by Caitlind Brown

 

Patrick Southgate, a friend and welder, working on the aluminum core of SOLAR FLARE.

 

Photo by Caitlind Brown
Photo by Caitlind Brown

 

The partially assembled core of SOLAR FLARE, pictured with Chica, the resident cat at Coyote Works fabrication studio in Cochrane, Canada.  Finding a space equipped and willing to create metal works can be difficult for artists, but when you find the right one, it’s even more sweet if there’s a shop cat.

 

03 - core
Photo by Caitlind Brown

 

Lighting tests.  SOLAR FLARE blundered through several different light technologies (including animated LEDs) before settling on an extremely analog lighting: one solitary metal halide light bulb, set into the middle of the core.

 

04 - lighting test
Photo by Caitlind Brown

 

Wayne Garrett fitting rays into the sun.

 

Photo by Caitlind Brown
Photo by Caitlind Brown

 

Photo by Caitlind Brown
Photo by Caitlind Brown

 

Installing SOLAR FLARE onsite in Downtown Calgary.  During installation, temperatures fluctuated between -5 and -15 degrees Celsius (23 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit).

 

Installing SOLAR FLARE, photo by Caitlind Brown
Installing SOLAR FLARE, photo by Caitlind Brown

 

Setting the sun into the sky, assisted by friends and fellow Calgary artists Lane Shordee, Andrew Frosst, and Ivan Ostapenko.

 

Photo by Ivan Ostapenko
Photo by Ivan Ostapenko

 

SOLAR FLARE, glimmering through the snow in December 2013.

 

Photo by Marina Skulsky
Photo by Marina Skulsky

 

Featured Image:  SOLAR FLARE photo by Tom Fitz
All images and video © of the artist

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