Salutation to the Solstice Sun
On the day of the June Solstice, the Sun reaches its northernmost position, as seen from the Earth. At that moment, its zenith does not move north or south, as during most other days of the year, but it stands still at the Tropic of Cancer.
This artwork was created on and around the 2016 Summer Solstice.
As well as it being the longest day/shortest night in the Northern Hemisphere, this particular Solstice also celebrated a full moon. We always think of the moon itself shining brightly as it moves through its phases, however it is the sun shining off the moon’s surface that we see.
The Sun is the giver of life. The Persian poet Hafiz wrote these beautiful words to salute the sun:
“Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, 'You owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.”
And there is such truth in those words. For billions of years the sun has given life to and protected the earth. Without the sun, we would simply not exist. Hardly surprising, then, that we have worshipped the sun in so many ways since the beginning of time. Yet is asks nothing of our planet in return. Maybe it asks something of humanity, though. Maybe it asks us to care for this one and only home we have been gifted.
This artwork is my salute to the Solstice Sun; my way of showing gratitude for its constant presence and for the gift of life.
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