Nancy Holt was an American artist best known for her land-based art and earthworks. She created Solar Rotary in 1995 at the University of South Florida (USF) in the courtyard of the Communications and Information Sciences building. It uses the sun and a large metal shadow caster to spotlight moments from our shared history. At specific days and times throughout the year, the artwork casts shadows on markers noting important moments in the history of USF, Tampa and Florida. At noon on the summer solstice, a shadow is cast on a meteorite in the center of the artwork estimated to be as old as the universe itself.
Margaret Miller is the director of the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio and Public Art.
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