One hundred and thirty-two feathers assembled in 28 wing sections were a major part of the WI brief. They also built a 15m wide ‘eye circle’ rigged behind the head of a huge inflatable Gaia; two arches positioned behind two scenic owls flanking the Gaia and four bracelets to support the Gaia’s arms...
These two circular structures probably had a flat roof with an circular opening. Authors say that a bright spot of light would fall on the floor along with its shadow. By interpreting this image and shadow, Dholavira people could exactly find out the days of summer and winter solstice and using their staircase calendar, would know about the month, phase of the moon and the day.
The sun beamed down last Tuesday when Aisling Curtin and Trish Leonard were married at Mount Druid before their 120 guests. This was just as well as they had a summer solstice festival-themed wedding planned, and their wedding party wore sunny shades of orange and yellow to reflect that. Aisling explained: "We are spending the night before together, and are getting married in an unconsecrated tin chapel. We will walk down the aisle together, because as feminists, we don't want the tradition o
The myth of Persephone and Hades isn’t just an allegory for the seasons. To me, it’s a myth about womanhood, and about the conflicting desires women experience as they leave their families and establish their own lives as sexual beings. It’s also an allegory for motherhood, both a cautionary tale about the dangers of holding on to your children and a richly evocative picture of what it’s like to let those children go.
The tradition began 16 years ago after the installation of Christopher Janney’s “Passing Light” in the longterm parking structure at San Antonio International Airport. Janney outlined the pattern the sun’s shadow made on the concrete floor at 2 p.m. during the 2000 summer solstice, then created a skylight to match. At 2 p.m. on the solstice each year, the light and grid align for 90 seconds... and every year, Catherine Cisneros performs a celebratory, improvised dance.
In summer, Chinese likes to eat cold noodles. On June 21st, people across the Northern hemisphere celebrate the longest day and shortest night of the year, but residents of China also observe an ancient tradition—eating noodles!?The old saying really sums it up: “the days start to get shorter after eating noodles” chī guò xià zhì miàn ，yī tiān duǎn yī xiàn 。 吃过夏至面， 一天短一线。
Sibyl Kempson, 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens, Summer Solstice, June 20, 2016, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph © Paula Court (12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens is a three-year iterative performance project by American playwright, director, and performer Sibyl Kempson with her theater company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. Presented at the Whitney on twelve occasions, 12 Shoutswill mark each solstice and equinox occurring between March 2016 and December 2018