The 24/7 Time Star
The giant 7 sided star on the Atlanta Beltline at 4th ward park. One of the most recognizable pieces of art on display in Atlanta right now, but… no one really knows who, how, what, or why this piece of art has come to be on the beltline? What is the story behind the piece? We are reaching toward a higher levels or engagement wanting to instigate interaction between building art and those who enjoy the art. Building a gateway of connectivity between the Art the Artist and the Community at large. We also want to educate communities about what burning man really is and what it means to us as artists and how this Style of art works in the our real world atmosphere.
Timing is Everything (The 24/7 Time Star), a large-scale interactive artwork created for Burning man 2012 also know as Black Rock City, Nevada. The piece proudly stands at The Fourth Ward Activity Field through seed money grants from Art on the Belt line And The Black Rock Arts Organization. It has been placed for a long-term, temporary installation in Atlanta, Georgia, where the sculpture was originally created. The refurbishment and installation of the piece engaged a broad community and was installed by a core team of artists. It was a grand congregation point during the 2015 belt line lantern parade. That event served as a an opening reception to the piece and an event in which the artist shared the scope of the sculpture and interactivity and the piece was displayed to the community. today it is visited regularly by many the thousands of people and art lovers and has become a city Icon.
The sculpture itself symbolically reflects the seven days of the week, the planetary symbolism of the days, the seven Hindu Chakras, the seven levels of heaven, and the seven virtues in a single tribute to the sun and the enabler of all life on Earth.
Artist Charlie Smith says, “This is a continuation of creating community through the building and installation of interactive art. The grand vision is sharing the artistic process of this project, creating a difference, and enhancing the participants’ viewpoint on the perception of what art can be, and in that change their world!”
24/7 Time Star definition: As the Feminine clock based in "Moon Time" motion, The Masculine "Sun Time" (Time Star) is the documenter of all moments! The dance of time is male and female working together: the moment of conception, the beginning of life's success, fostering and instigating - gestating relationships- creating and developing - tilling the soil - toil of human kind to reproduce - to extend to breed to succeed! To fill this world with art!
The Time Star's teeter-tottering movement symbolizes the tides' push n pull. And the time's a-ticking kids--let's work together to make this thing rock! The motion sets in as the new beginning begins!
As always, this project is a continuation of creating community through art. The inspiration of bringing people together to share their philosophies, visualizations through symbolism, and verbal communication inspires the conceptual quality of the artifacts that are created through incorporating individual talents and ideas.
creating this through the inclusion of the community through the teaching process, and methods of this type of metal fabrication (building big art and fire cauldrons), lends to the interactive essence of the project. Incorporating the individual and group intentions creates the context, interest, and intention that contribute to the overall magic of the sculpture.
In such, the creation of community leads to group ownership and connectivity through mass collaboration. This reinforces the unity of the sub-culture and intentions of our essence here on this crusty fire-ball of a planet.