Desert O

Desert O
A strong iconic form that utilizes solar energy.
Desert O
Shadows from the internal structure give depth to the surface.
Desert O
Each evening displays a distinct color pattern.
Desert O
Acrylic softly diffuses the bright desert sun.
Desert O
  • In →
  • Acrylic,
  • Interactive,
  • LED,
  • Outdoor,
  • Steel

This outdoor public sculpture is a translucent torus inside which a steel skeleton may be seen both day and night. During the day, the sculpture gathers energy from the sun and stores it in a battery. At night, the energy stored from the sun is used to activate intensely colored LEDs inside the sculpture. Every night of the week has a distinct pattern of colored lights that move slowly inside the sculpture. Frosted acrylic panels make the entire sculpture glow brightly. One of the bolt heads is a secret button that allows passers-by to change the colors by touching it. The secret spreads virally throughout the population and gives people something to show each other.

completed, 2004

6' x 1.5' x 7'

steel, acrylic, LEDs, electronics, secret button

Tucson, AZ

Commissioning Agency:
Tucson Pima Arts Council

Joe O'Connell