Many cultures made scaled-down representations of celestial bodies on earth, linking the earth to the heavens, with the sun as the center and represented as the seed of life. Inspired by the sacred geometry used by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans in constructing their pyramids, which were designed as a means to monitor celestial events, El Sol endeavors to pay homage to this legacy while also employing modern technologies to create the structure. It took over 350 hours of engineering work and three months of design and technical development (largely in Wattens) to create the sphere.
El Sol features a spherical cut-out internal structure, and a smooth outer surface made up of an intricate puzzle featuring four different types of specially developed precision-cut crystals covered in Swarovski’s iconic Aurora Borealis coating. Faceted internally, the crystals augment the light emitted from the installation’s core; a spherical pool of LEDs whose light is refracted by the facets of the crystals, evoking the sun’s gaseous, moving terrain. “The final product is meant to capture this sense of the curious synchronicity of the universe, an elusive balance between chaos and order,” notes FR-EE Founder and Creative Director Fernando Romero.
El Sol incorporates an interactive element that will offer an alternative view of the installation – visitors will be provided with specially developed crystal lenses for their phone’s camera that—when the photo is taken—will refract light, creating a prism-like, kaleidoscopic effect. El Sol lit up Design Miami until Sunday, December 6th, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.