Scottsdale Public Arts

If you watch the sun descending as it sets behind the horizon line you may catch a glimpse of the green ray. Fleeting in presence, the green ray lies visible at the upper edge of the sun’s disk, becoming visible as the atmosphere causes light to separate into its component colours. Created in response to this phenomena, Jotta’s Green Ray experiments with form, abstracting the sun into a framework constructed from an array of under-lit stainless steel fillets; an aesthetic inspired by modernist ideals exhibited in surrounding desert architecture. Through the day, The Green Ray exists in interplay with the bright Arizona sun, its fillets reflecting and refracting the sun’s rays across the water. At night, the installation becomes illuminated to create one full cycle of the sun’s movement. As dawn breaks, the sun emerges from the horizon line of the water through an intense bright yellow before morphing to a piercing white light at high noon. Gradually, the sun shifts through the hues of the colour spectrum towards a blood orange sunset, and finally at twilight, it reveals the fleeting moment of the ‘green ray’, before resting on the blue hour of the night. Image Credit — Sean Deckert (final image)