German artist, Peter Erskine, based in California created these amazing light spectra, whose intensely project bright rainbow colors on the facades of various historical sites around the world (mostly in Rome in this article). Created from 1989 to 2000, these installations entitled “New Light on Rome” and “Secrets of the Sun, Millennial Meditations (SOS)”, are about mystical representation of the sun and energy sources.
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NEW LIGHT ON ROME recalls Solar living in ancient Rome where people lived in close harmony with nature. Pliny the younger, in his letter to Gallus, describes how Sunlight, sound, wind and water are the most important components for defining architectural spaces. Erskine uses these natural elements in his art.
In the Hemicycle of Trajan’s Markets, visitors can see the spectrum light vibrating in the wind that sweeps down the colonnade. The windows in Porta di San Sebastiano and in the hemicycle and Aula were designed so that the Sun’s heat and light would not enter these buildings at noon in June and July, but would do so during the spring, autumn and winter, creating a natural air-conditioning and heating sustem.