They've worked with thousands of little lightbulbs, but this time around Calgary artists Caitlind r. c. Brown and Wayne Garrett are going big.

The light artists, known around the world for their gorgeous and inspired works of illuminating art, have done it again, lighting up a portion of downtown Calgary with a massive tribute to the sun.

Solar Flare has been hanging above the 200 block of Stephen Ave. in the heart of Calgary's downtown core for the last month, bolstered by more than 6,820 pounds of concrete to keep it suspended.

Solar Flare is constructed from fibre optic rays and lit by a single large light bulb. The effect is similar to the sun at 'golden hour' - the time just before sunset when the sun's rays split and cast everything is a warm, golden light.

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  • Check out photos of Caitlind Brown's 'CLOUD' piece, featured at Calgary's 2012 Nuit Blanche.

  • @ciawesome @nuitblancheyyc also this #nuitblancheyyc

  • The cloud @NuitBlancheYYC #nuitblanche

  • Close up of the cloud - it's spitting rain so no one is allowed under right now @NuitBlancheYYC

  • What the inside of a cloud looks like

  • The Mountain.

  • Inside the cloud

  • @NuitblancheYYC is pretty darn cool

  • Really happy that #yyc has its own @NuitBlancheYYC . The Cloud is great.

  • So, @nuitblancheyyc is filled with hipsters. And culture. And LIGHT.

  • @NuitBlancheyyc thanks for a fun night! Hopefully next year we'll have more participants. The Cloud

  • Under a bright white cloud. #nuityyc @NuitBlancheYYC

  • At @NuitBlancheYYC ... Not sure what I think yet

  • Feeling the "Arts Vibes" with my culture vulture gal Gwyn @NuitBlancheYYC

  • Love the cloud. @ciawesome @NuitBlancheYYC #yyc

  • @nuitblancheYYC mostly still just an idea, but I like it

  • The CLOUD at Nuit Blanche in downtown #Calgary tonight!

  • ‏@lonnietaylor Calgarians love the Cloud installation at the first annual Nuit Blanche. #sceneyyc

  • ‏@lyinghere Cloud at Nuit Blanche #yyc

  • @welcomethewest Serious, be there tonight #yyc @NuitBlancheYYC Caitlind R.C. Brown's massive Incandescent #CLOUD

  • @obscuralucida Downtown #yyc getting ready for @NuitBlancheYYC (Cloud, Caitlind Brown)

As well, two motion sensors trigger the sculpture to shimmer in patterns. The shimmering effect is always changing and different, it's pattern shifting as the sensor is triggered.

Commissioned by Downtown Calgary, the sculpture aims to "artificially prolong 'golden hour' into the longest and coldest nights of the year."

"We know that the short days and long, cold nights of the winter can make going outside a less-than fun experience, so we hope that the sculpture will inspire Calgarians to come downtown and bring their friends and family to enjoy the sculpture and explore Downtown Calgary in the same way they do during the warmer months."

Solar Flare comes on the heels of another interactive light sculpture Brown created in 2012 for Calgary's first-ever Nuit Blanche. A massive hit with the crowd, 'CLOUD' featured thousands of recycled lightbulbs, which visitors could turn off and on with the attached pull-strings.


Check out more amazing images of Solar Flare, as captured by Calgarians.

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