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Twice each summer, the sun, Earth, and monuments of human industry create a spectacle of light in New York City called “Manhattanhenge.”
On four days — two before the summer solstice and two after — the sunset aligns perfectly with the city’s gridded streets. The phenomenon’s name is a portmanteau of Stonehenge, which prehistoric people likely built to line up with the sun, and the island of Manhattan.
Unlike Stonehenge, however, Manhattanhenge is a beautiful accident of city planning. If you’re in the right place at the right time, you can watch a floating, orange-hued orb of plasma (our sun) slip perfectly between miles-long corridors of skyscrapers.
I am on with a painting depicting this scene, it’s an abstract acrylic and I intend using the fluorescent paints to add the lights and signs in the street. These are still to do along with the taxis and the people etc.
The original painting is 27″ x 19″ with a large double mount, overall size 32″ x 24″