Obolin celebrates the scientific and psychological effects of light and space. The sculpture was named by Holl’s four-year-old daughter Io Helene, who, when asked what Obolin means, replied: “it means anything you want it to mean.”
Fabricated from robotically cut CLT, the sculpture serves as a sun gauge, with three tubular Boolean cutouts subtracted from spherical geometry. These tubes mark the exact location of the sun’s vector based on its exact geographical location at noon on the Summer and Winter Solstices, and at 2:00pm on the Equinox. (Latitude 42˚20’3.38”N, Longitude 73˚40’38.62”W)
Photo courtesy Steven Holl Architects.