Join Ballroom Marfa on the full moon of April 29 for the unveiling of Haroon Mirza’s stone circle. Inspired by ancient megaliths, this large-scale outdoor sculpture will be open to the public in the high desert grasslands east of Marfa 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 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.
Ballroom Marfa is working with the artist to develop a calendar of dance, music, and performance events where artists will engage with and interpret the sculpture.
This project continues the Ballroom’s signature practice of commissioning site-specific artworks and installations, and is their most ambitious public commission since Elmgreen & Dragset’s Prada Marfa was completed in 2005.
Haroon Mirza was born in London in 1977 where he lives and works.
Date: Full Moon, April 29, 2018
Sunset: 20.33; Activation: 21.03
Location: 30°20’11.9″ N – 103°59’37.4″ W
108 E. San Antonio St. P.O. Box 1661
Marfa Texas 79843