Celebrate the Solstice at the Sun Tunnels
While watching the sun rising and setting in the desert, Nancy Holt was inspired to use the combination of the sun’s light, the land and the sky to create a modern work of art that focused on the time shift from day to night. She purchased 40 acres of property in the Great Basin Desert to begin her environmental work of land art, known as Sun Tunnels. It features large, concrete cylinders that are 18 feet long and 9 feet wide. They are arranged to frame the sun on the horizon during the winter and summer solstice. A series of holes were drilled into each tunnel and allows patterns of light to shine through the holes and onto the inside of the tunnels to look like constellations from the night sky and each cylinder traces the earth’s rotation. It took the artist three years to complete her unique, sun and stars sculpture. You don’t have to wait for the summer or winter solstice to enjoy this internationally acclaimed landmark.