Media: Rustic terrazzo, cast bronze icons and text, cast glass
Dimensions: 65’ x 29’ x 15”
Commissioned by: The Quadrant Corporation
The Solstice Plaza was designed to be part of the Quadrant Lake Union Center in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, which has hosted an annual Solstice Parade since 1989. The plan of the Plaza is based on a 17th Century depiction of the earth’s progress around the sun by the astronomer Cellarius. The blue rustic terrazzo pavement is set with four 28” diameter unique bronze castings of the earth in the stations of the solstices and equinoxes, as well as over forty smaller unique bronze castings related to historical and contemporary solstice imagery, and twenty-five cast glass stars. A golden terrazzo planter/circular bench in the center serves as the sun. Cast bronze text set into the top of the planter quotes a passage about the sun and its progress from John Milton’s great epic poem Paradise Lost.