Client: BeiJing Daxing International Airport
Location: Beijing, China
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $680,000
Peter's Glass Studio
East West Art Studio Manager
East West Art Studio Assistant
Central Academy of Fine Arts
Yang Wen Jing
Yi Chang Architectural Design Firm
Shanghai Yuan Ji Architectural Planning Firm
Shenzhen Jian Wei Design and Construction Co.
Beijing Gala Lighting Design
Beijing Ouliya New Energy Technology Co. LTD
“The Twenty-Four Solar Terms” The piece has a diameter of twenty-eight feet and weighs three tons. On every two pieces of glass, Chinese Calligraphy is used to delineate a solar term as interpreted by the artist . Nearly 50 pieces of art glass are arranged in a rising-spiral shape. The continuous curve panels mimic the sky, the universe, the river… and represent the twenty-four solar terms in time and space. The unique color changes in accordance with the essence of Chinese traditional culture flowing in the long river of history.
The artist programmed multimedia lighting based on changes in the perpetual calendar and the twenty-four solar terms. At certain solar terms, passengers at the airport can see the corresponding part of the work shining, as a slow sundial reminds people that the solar seasons are coming.
Twenty-Four Solar Terms was a complex design that demanded an international, collaborative process with the very best teams of public art organizers, glass fabricators, programmers, engineers, and designers from China, the U.S., and Germany. The sculpture is a combination of abstract painting techniques, translated into architectural glass by Germany's renowned Peter's Glasmalerei, in a feat of handmade fabrication and cutting edge glass technique. The process involves combining hand-made painting and bright brushstrokes fused to large-scale architectural glass panels, in the 800-degree kiln.