By Terry Poulos, Scientiquity founder (originally published 6/15/2021)
The 2021 Greektown Education Foundation outdoor art exhibit “Hello Helios” hit Halsted Street in Chicago this June. Scientiquity polymath artist Terry Poulos, one of more than 15 artists selected, contributed a sculpture for the fourth consecutive year. The exhibition is designed to beautify the streets of Greektown Chicago, and provide thought-provoking works of art which brighten the daily commute for pedestrians.
“Eye of Hours” is the title of the Scientiquity piece and its main feature is a harmonic oscillating photon pendulum, exhibiting the concept of warped time at relativistic, luminal velocities. Images include the light spectrum, melting clock, solar eclipse, Salvatore Dali’s “Persistence of Memory,” sun dial, Tower of the Winds, Stonehenge, Aztec Sun Stone, Egyptian obelisk, ancient Egyptian solar deity Ra, Horus (as in “the Eye of Horus,” Archimedes’ “death ray,” an artist’s depiction of the ancient Helios statue (alternatively, the Colossus of Rhodes), and the famous “Doomsday Clock” from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
The artist’s intent is to depict time in all its various formations and means of computation beginning with the natural radiation of the sun’s daily 24-hour period of rise and fall, to the warping of time and space according to the principles of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, and human inventions and mechanisms, commemorative art and archaeological structures used to track time, and ultimately an ode to ancient myth and legend. The lights of Halsted Street at night doing their own photonic sculpting on Eye of Hours. Notice the red, pink, and purple tint from the night sheen, which lend a dynamic nature to the cascade of colors on the sculpture The famous “Doomsday Clock” from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Eye of Hours is now on display, and can be viewed until Spring 2022, at the intersection of Halsted and Monroe streets in Greektown, Chicago at the main entrance of Mariano’s supermarket.
The Greektown Arts Committee coordinated the exhibit, headed by arts patron and Greektown business owner Eve Moran, who also designed the prototype for the sculptures.
Terry Poulos is a Chicago-area writer, archaeological historian, artist and geometer whose investigations focus primarily on physics, fractal topology, and Number Theory
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