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SOLAR SKYHARP

A modern version of an ancient archaeological site

The Skyharp project strives to revitalise mankind's attempt to create an environment which links the cosmos to the landscape and which encapsulates scientific concepts of time and space expressed as sculptural art.

PHILOSOPHY

By and large today when people consider the environment, we generally think of trees, rivers and the ocean. There is so much more. The movement of the sun, the moon and the planets are all intrinsically linked to the dynamics of the terrestrial landscape. This concept draws upon ancient philosophies where consideration of the cosmos was integrated within the design of large scale public buildings and ceremonial sites. In the ancient world, designers and engineers were conscious of integrating mathematical dynamics from the celestial plane within architecture. It was the universe above them which they saw worthy of veneration as they sought to relocate celestial dynamics down here on the terrestrial plane. This technique ensured their cultural values were permanently encoded for those descendants who followed throughout the ages. Through contemporary analysis and scientific interpretation of proportion and measure, we now have an understanding that ancient architects had an evolved philosophy and sophisticated knowledge of the cosmos.
This website seeks to revitalise in the wider community the importance of this early science and cosmological thought. The Solar Skyharp sculptural artwork harnesses existing concepts of archeoastronomy in design orientation as well as integrating new research using a synergy of mathematics and geometry. Its orientation and design reproduces numerous astronomical movements from within our solar system in terms of orbital characteristics as well as physical planetary ratios. Well over 15 years of research by visual artist, Lindsay McAuley, has brought this project to light. He believes, this background of study represents a new method of understanding the connections between geometry and the mathematics of our solar system. For its aesthetic appeal and educational value, the intention is to build more Skyharps as part of urban public art or for private collections both in Australia and overseas.