Setting Sun Makes a Dramatic Splash of Light on the Gnomon Sculpture During Winter Solstice at SUNY Rockland Community College
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DATE: December 19, 2007
CONTACT: Lisa Saunders
Setting Sun Makes a Dramatic Splash of Light on the Gnomon Sculpture During Winter Solstice
at SUNY Rockland Community College
Suffern, NY - The public is invited to the SUNY Rockland Community College campus to view the sunset on the Gnomon sculpture, specifically designed to mark the Winter Solstice. At the moment of sunset, a dramatic splash of light is seen against the stone as the sun sinks into the V shape before disappearing.
The Gnomon sculpture is located on the lawn between the Fieldhouse parking lot and College Road on the main campus in Suffern. The sun begins to set in the Gnomon's "V" during the week prior to the Solstice, December 21, the shortest day of the year. Thereafter, the days grow lighter and warmer.
The Gnomon sculpture was installed in 1993 through a grant awarded by the Art in Public Places Committee. The Gnomon, which means "sundial" in French, consists of four Paleozoic slabs of limestone which have been cut into two vertical, triangular shapes, 11 feet high by 5 feet wide. The placement of the stones forms an opening in the shape of a "V" which is perfectly aligned with the place in the sky where the sun sets on every Winter Solstice.
The sculptor, Gillian Jagger, a Professor of Art at Pratt Institute, has received numerous grants and awards. Her work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums and is in many private and public collections. In her words, "There's a primitive universality to this piece that even touched the workmen involved. It's like a connection through time, like touching one’s own mortality."
Rockland Community College, a unit of the State University of New York, is located 25 miles northwest of NYC. The majority of its students transfer to four-year colleges, and many find immediate employment upon earning their associate's degree or certificate. The College also offers others, from preschoolers to senior citizens, the opportunity to simply learn something new. Quality education...at a price you can afford.