SOL Grotto is really a spartan retreat, a living space of solitude and in close proximity to nature in which 1 is presented having a mediated encounter of water, coolness and light-weight. 1,368 inside the 24 million high tech glass tubes destined being destroyed as being a casualty of these bankruptcy, utilized inside the installation.
The project is based with the Berkeley Botanical Garden alongside Strawberry Creek within the California Native sections as component within the exhibit Natural Discourse.
The tube’s original role being a light concentrating element is extended to transmit cool air in the space via the Venturi effect, to amplify looks with the adjacent waterfall via the vibrations from the tubes cantilevering within the creek, and also to produce distorted views from the garden.
The glass tubes are illuminated electric-blue naturally from the direct and ambient light which is carried out over the glass causing each and every tube to improve in intensity over the course from the afternoon. Collectively, the tubes undertake the form from a cave wall or possibly a waterfall, evoking Plato’s Allegory of the Cave where shadows, light and sounds call reality into question.
The view over the rods is simultaneously kaleidoscopic and mesmeric and has grown into home to a number of insects found in the garden. The sound of an waterfall is present inside The SOL Grotto as well as the combined sound, light, views and coolness filtering with the cracks in the flooring results in a highly sensorial space.