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Lunar Rhythmic Revolution

Robert Horner

Harborview Medical Center

A lunar calendar made of stone charts the wax and wane of change.

Robert Horner. Lunar Rhythmic Revolution (detail), 2009. Travertine, slate, quartzite, and granite. Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Spike Mafford

A lunar calendar starts on the sidewalk leading into Harborview Medical Center’s Ninth and Jefferson Building, charting the wax and wane of the moon, the ebb and flow of tides, and continues through the entryway and into the lobby. Robert Horner’s Lunar Rhythmic Revolution maps a year of the moon’s cycle, diagraming one full revolution of the earth around the sun.

Made of precise inlaid travertine, quartzite, and slate, the 12 calendar months and 13 moon cycles depicted in the artwork emphasize the patterns created by gravitational relationships. Their shapes show change in many scales and dimensions, recalling the rhythms of life itself. Horner views the stones as testaments to time, their slow geological transitions as analogs to the healing process.
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Robert Horner. Lunar Rhythmic Revolution, 2009. Travertine, slate, quartzite, and granite. Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Spike Mafford
Robert Horner. Lunar Rhythmic Revolution, 2009. Travertine, slate, quartzite, and granite. Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Spike Mafford
 

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Harborview Medical Center

For more than a century, Harborview Medical Center has functioned as a unique community and regional resource. It is a county hospital, a teaching and research institution, a regional trauma and burn center, and the primary health care provider for many low-income and disenfranchised people in the community. Harborview embraces its mission of treating everybody,…

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