Solar Flare
Solar Flare
steel and aluminum
HWD 11’ x 6’ x 2’
2016

Riverbend Plaza, Napa, California

Solar Flare (from chaos to symmetry)

Napa Art Walk alum Patricia Vader created this piece by “carefully selecting 36 pieces out of a chaotic pile of bicycle wheels.” For the top half of the sculpture she describes as a “a silvery sun perched atop a copper pedestal or fireworks burst being shot from a cannon. Consider that the sun is not in fact a simple sphere with a well-defined edge as we tend to see it when it rises or sets but a broiling chaotic self-gravitating mass with flares shooting out from its surface.”

To symbolize this flare activity, Vader attached the larger wheels to a thick central rim while allowing the other, smaller wheels to turn freely.