THE ANCIENT PAST TO AN OPTIMISTIC FUTURE
The design and materiality of the Ecliptic Viewing Platform is inspired by the Wurdi Youang stone arrangement, an ancient Aboriginal sundial, the natural geology and history of the region and looks towards the future. The design acknowledges the ancient and contemporary importance of the sun, whilst referencing the geology and recent mining history of Broken Hill, as well as, the source of the Cadmium and Tellurium.
A bold, geometrical rammed earth form appears as a legible, durable and abstract piece of land art within the vast landscape overlooking the solar array. Rising from the earth steps lead towards the sky, the robust mass transforms into a trafficable gnomon, casting shadows against the terrain expressed by ground markers for each hour of daylight. Expressing the tracking of the sun’s light and celebrating the sustainable and technological role of the sun’s energy now and in the future.