The Solstice Wall on the Solstice

July 10, 2024

By: Lee LeFever

I write books and run a company called Common Craft. I recently moved from Seattle to a rural island. Here, I write about online business, book publishing, modern home construction, and occasionally, dumb jokes.

This article was published in my free newsletter, Ready for Rain.

On June 30th, the Summer Solstice, I set up a camera and recorded the Solstice Wall in action. Over a few hours, the camera captured a timelapse video of the shadow crossing the rays of the Solstice Wall. Here is the result:

It was gratifying to finally close the loop and show that all the thinking, designing, and creating had produced something that works. People on Instagram were excited, too. ​Watch the video (and read the comments) with music​.

As the artist, I love it, but can’t ignore the small details that could have been better. Perfection was never the goal. For the 364 non-solstice days of the year, it’s going to be an installation without a cosmic connection. In that context, I think it stands on its own and I’m proud to have it in our home.

When the summer fun is over and the rain finally returns, I plan to circle back to this idea. The Solstice Wall taught me a method for using wood strips mounted on plywood as a creative medium. The next thing will be decidedly less ambitious, but hopefully as fun and interesting to build. Stay tuned.

Find all blog posts and learn more about the project on the Solstice Wall page.


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