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Edinburgh’s New Prismatic Solar Pavilion Acts As A Giant Sun Dial | Inhabitat

One misconception of solar power is that it can only be used in bright, constantly sunny places. But that’s not entirely true; even places like Seattle or cloudy, drizzly Edinburgh, there are lots of opportunities for solar power. And what better way to celebrate the sun than through art?

As a dazzling addition to the Edinburgh Arts Festival, artist Karen Forbes designed and built this glittering glass pavilion to celebrate the sun, light and optics. Situated at the base of the Melville Monument in St. Andrew Square Gardens, the Solar Pavilion is composed of nine segments forming a semi-circle in the center of the park. On display for the month of August, the pavilion works in conjunction with the obelisk tower as an informal sun-dial to mark the passage of time. The prismatic temporary pavilion will serve as the focal point of the festival and a space for artists talks and gatherings for the rest of the month.

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.