This SolarSonic awning in Taiwan is a mindblowing installation made up of 14 discs suspended in a 100 meter-long series. Hanging within the Taoyuan Airport's International Departure terminal's exterior glass canopy, the structure by sculptor Ray King was inspired by the ancient Chinese Bi - neolithic jade discs used to meditate on transcending to the heavens. The sculptural series was designed as a symbol of Taiwan's high-tech future, while also paying homage to a rich cultural heritage, including modern aeronautics and space travel.
King’s latest magnificent design is just one in a series of chromatic sculptures designed to incorporate the sun, a body of work which evokes Sir Arthur C. Clark’s science fiction tale “Wind from the Sun” in which a spacecraft was propelled by sunlight.
The sculpture consists of holographic light-defractive glass lenses suspended together using 20 horizontal cables and positioned to face the southern meridian of the sun for nighttime illumination. The colossal structure resembles part of a Chinese Dragon kite and is anchored at either end. Take a look at the video of the artwork by Julian King, along with photos of its construction.