Solaris Antiquitus is a large steel representation of the sun. It's surface texture is reminiscent of that of the sun when viewed through special solar telescopes filtered to show only hydrogen alpha light; a granular, swirling red ball with sun spots dotted about. At a conceptual level, the work employs the sun as a visual metaphor for the universe in general. Modern physics reveals that all the complexity and diversity around us can be created using only a handful of subatomic building blocks. In a similar way the chaotic and apparently motion-filled surface of Solaris Antiquitus is generated by numerous simple and identical 's' shaped elements. The form is cage like, enveloping and restraining the space within, expressing the way that all things exist within the bounds of physical laws.
Solaris Antiquitus was exhibited at the Casuarina Sculpture Show, Kingscliffe NSW, 1 to 25 July, 2006. It won one of the three $20,000.00 aquisitive awards, and is now a permanent installation on the Sculpture Walk.