s t a r .. a x i s
 

))Star Tunnel
))Hour Chamber
))Solar Pyramid and Shadow Field
))Equatorial Chamber
 
   
 


In the summer of 2000 I began construction of the entrance to the Star Tunnel with complete plans, measurements, and models. It quickly became evident that Star Axis required much, much more a - major new element, a chamber at the foot of the Star Tunnel where one could pause and reorient before climbing the tunnel stairs.

It was clear that this new chamber could not be modeled or drawn in advance, and that its geometry would have to be discovered from inside the work. I made the existing space larger and worked with full scale plywood mock-ups on-site to discover the best configuration. In this way I could determine how the space and star alignments formed around the body.

The result is the Equatorial Chamber, much more than just a place to pause. It creates for Star Axis an entirely new dimension, offering a unique way to experience the intersection between the equator and the celestial axis.

The Star Tunnel, parallel to the Earth 's axis intersects at a right angle with the equator. Inside the Equatorial Chamber you are at this intersection, and can view the stars that travel along the equator, as well as the axis and celestial pole.




Star axis
Equatorial Chamber

The skyward opening in the Equatorial Chamber frames the stars that pass over the equator. The Equatorial Chamber is located in the entrance to the Star Tunnel, which is precisely aligned with Earth's axis. The Equatorial Chamber and the Star Tunnel converge at a perfect right angle.
   
     

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