The Greeting to the Sun

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Another installation by architect Nikola BaÅ”ić, who also created the Sea Organ (and a beautiful church in Vrpolje, by the way).Ā  On the platform right by the Sea Organ there are solar cells built into the ground creating a large round shape. During daylight there isn't much to see, it's just some glass plate in the ground (reminds me of "The Thing", but don't worry, no monster is gonna come creeping out of it. Well, at least it hasn't so farā€¦. ;)). During the day the cells gather the sunlight, and when night falls these cells start beaming -Ā a light show in various colours. Around the platform there's a ring with engraved dates when the people of Zadar celebrate their patrons. Again, more accurate is the Zadar Tourist Board: "TheĀ Greeting to the Sun consists of three hundred multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level with the stone-paved waterfront in the shape of a 22-meter diameter circle.

(photo courtesy of Ivana Klanac-Stern)
Under the glass conduction plates there are photo-voltage solar modules through which symbolic communication with nature is made, with the aim to communicate with light, just like the Sea Organs do with sound. Simultaneously with the ā€žmost beautiful sunset in the world" the lighting elements installed in a circle turn on, and, following a particularly programmed scenario, they produce a marvelous, exceptionally impressive show of light in the rhythm of the waves and the sounds of the Sea organs. The photo-voltage solar modules absorb the sun energy and then transform it into electrical energy by releasing it into the distributive voltage power network. It is expected for the entire system to produce around 46.500 kWh yearly, being, actually, a small power plant from which energy will be used not only for theĀ Greeting to the Sun installation, but also for the lighting of the entire waterfront. In cooperation with prof. Maksim Klarin from Zadar Maritime School, the names of the saints after energy will be three times cheaper than the actual one, and the project itself is a unique example of connecting the use of renewed energy sources, energy efficiency and city space arrangement. which present and previous churches on the peninsula have been named are carved in the ring surrounding theĀ Greeting to the Sun. They are sanctae Anastasiae, sancti Donati, Simeonis Ivsti, Chrysogoni and Zoili, and also Hieronymi, Lucae, Platonis, Eliae... Next to their names and the date of their feast day are the declination and the altitude of the sun, the length of the sunlight on that day and in that place on the waterfront. Thus the connection is emphasized between Zadar and the Saint Grisogonus Calender, who contributed greatly in marking time and astronomic navigation at its very beginnings. TheĀ Greeting to the Sun installation, as a model of the solar system with its appertaining planets, is connected to the Sea Organs whose sound is transposed into a show of light that starts performing on the Zadar waterfront after sunset. In creating the lighting effects, the installation will be able to receive other outer, spontaneous impulses through modem connection, while the lighting pictures will adapt to different occasions."

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