Come to the library for a special unveiling on Saturday, August 27.
World renowned artist and Corvallis resident, Peter Erskine, will unveil his most recent installation at a community event on Saturday, August 27, from 2 to 5 pm at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The event will include kids’ activities, music, film, solar exhibits, refreshments, and more.
Peter Erskine’s solar environmental art is based on three big ideas:
- Sunlight is energy
- All life is solar powered
- Everything is connected to everything else
In Erskine’s art, our sun is not only the subject matter of the work, but the medium and energy source as well. The sunlight-powered display uses prisms to project rainbows that move and change as the sun moves through the sky. Installed above the library’s front entrance, the display will paint the library foyer with color and serve as a reminder of the power of the sun.
Erskine’s art has been viewed and enjoyed around the world. Upon experiencing Erskine’s solar art, Jonas Salk, MD, inventor of the first polio vaccine, stated, “The rainbow is a very deep memory for humans. It has been coded into our genetic material over millions of years. Seeing a rainbow restores our connection to Nature—it restores our physical and psychic functions.” Erskine hopes this aspect of his art will fuel local environmental efforts like Take Charge Corvallis, the effort to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, and Harvest Sunshine, the 5-year campaign to more than double the amount of solar installed on Corvallis rooftops.
About the Artist
In 1989, Peter Erskine created a new Solar Spectrum Environmental Art medium called Secrets of the Sun: Millennial Meditations (S.O.S.). S.O.S. is about the beauty and dangers of Sunlight: the beauty of the rainbow and the horrors of global warming, ozone depletion and mass species extinction. Like the beauty of the rainbow, this new art medium has universal appeal.
In addition to permanent installations in five countries, Erskine has exhibited Secrets of the Sun in the ancient Roman Forum, Berlin’s Kongresshalle, and Los Angeles’ historic Union Station. His Solar Rainbow Paintings can be seen in hospitals, railways, libraries, ancient Roman sites, museums, police and fire stations, commercial buildings, environmental centers—and homes, in Europe and North America.
Erskine’s Solar Spectrum Environmental Art has received broad coverage in the global media including seven magazine cover stories in four languages, over 150 articles in magazines and newspapers, and six global satellite broadcasts. TV and radio stories featuring Secrets of the Sun have been broadcast in over 150 countries.
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Sponsors of the event:
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, 350.org/Corvallis, Seeds for the Sol, Corvallis Environmental Center, The Arts Center, La Escuelita, and the OSU Pride Center.