John David Mooney, Chicago artist and director of the John David Mooney Foundation, and recipient of the 2011 iBAM! Award for Visual Arts, traveled recently to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, to present a monumental light installation “Catching the Equinox” on Sept. 19 during INSAP X, the international conference and joint-meeting between INSAP
(Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena, SEAC — the European Society for Astronomy in Culture — and Oxford XI) took place in Santiago de Compostela Sept. 18-23, 2017. LuminAID's solar-powered lanterns lit "Catching the Equinox."
“I have always wanted to walk ‘el camino’ to Santiago de Compostela. This invitation allows for that opportunity, except, I will be flying in instead of walking.” Mooney will be traveling to Santiago de Compostela with supporting artists from his studio in Chicago. “El camino” refers to the centuries old walking pilgrimage across France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela, the capital city of Galicia, where tradition holds St. James, the Apostle, is buried. Tens of thousands of people travel “el camino” each year. Mooney is an internationally recognized sculptor and environmental artist with public sculptures and temporary sculptural works all over the world — including the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and the Vatican Observatory in Castle Gandolfo, Italy, the pope’s summer home.
Mooney takes a multi-disciplinary approach to art, incorporating architecture, urban planning, and history into his work. As an artist, he has made light his signature, using unconventional light sources as bold sculptural elements. “Catching the Equinox” will occupy the 10,000 sq. ft. courtyard of the University of Santiago de Compostela’s Faculty of Geography and History. Capturing astronomy, mythology and the historical symbolism of the site, Mooney’s design includes 1,100 solar-powered lanterns designed by LuminAID. LuminAID and their products work to make light accessible for all by partnering with charitable organizations around the world to distribute solar lights to those without electricity. 9+“Catching the Equinox” opened in the courtyard of the Faculty of Geography and History, the University of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, on Sept. 19.
About John David Mooney Foundation:
For over 40 years, the John David Mooney Foundation has operated as a true
laboratory -- one which combines the vision of the founding artist with the
talent, energy and ambition of countless helping hands. The Mooney
Foundation functions as a multidisciplinary workshop which not only produces
the work of John David Mooney, but also exhibits international art, hosts
educational events and engages with the Chicago
community. Visit mooneyfoundation.org
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