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Rebecca Cummins

Rebecca Cummins

Rebecca Cummins explores the sculptural, experiential and sometimes humorous possibilities of light and natural phenomena. She has exhibited widely in Australia, the U.S., and Europe. Exhibitions include the Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai, China; The South Australia Biennale of Australian Art; The Biennial of Seville, Seville, Spain; and Wireless Experience, Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA in Helsinki, Finland. She teaches at the University of Washington, Seattle.

The Solar Hour Benches are a set of six oval benches, each with a slit aperture aligned with the sun for one particular hour: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. solar time. Throughout the year, for only twenty minutes before and after the corresponding hour, sunlight travels through the aperture and projects onto inscriptions on the ground. Scientific and cultural aspects of time and sundials are also depicted on each bench.

The Oculus Table introduces a contemporary twist to a common ancient Greek sundial, the scaphe (σκάφη or "bowl"). With sunlight streaming through the oculus—the hole in the ceiling of the Observatory—the movable table can be visually aligned with landmarks on the skyline (Coit Tower, Transamerica Pyramid, etc.) to discover the sun's position in the sky and the current time and date.

A twenty-foot-long wall of approximately 900 water-filled wine glasses become optical devices turning the world upside down.