Haroon Mirza's outdoor sculpture 'stone circle' opens at Ballroom Marfa
2 April 2018Haroon Mirza's stone circle is set to be unveiled on the full moon of 29 April. Inspired by ancient megaliths, this large-scale outdoor sculpture will be open to the public in the high desert grasslands east of Marfa, Texas for the next five years.
Mirza’s stone circle refers to prehistoric monuments such as Stonehenge and Nine Ladies, megaliths erected by humans and used for mysterious practices related to communion with the Earth. The work is composed of black marble boulders that produce patterns of electronic sound and light from energy generated by solar panels. Each of the eight stones in the circle is carved to integrate LEDs and speakers. The ninth stone, the 'mother' stone, sits outside of the circle and is fitted with solar panels that charge a bank of batteries. This energy is released on the full moon of every month producing a 'solar symphony' of electronic light and sound.
This project continues Ballroom Marfa's signature practice of commissioning site-specific artworks and installations, and is the most ambitious public commission since Elmgreen & Dragset’s Prada Marfa was completed in 2005.