‘So­lar’ gift from a star

Los Angeles Times - - CULTURE MONSTER - — David Ng

Leonardo DiCaprio will do­nate a large-scale in­stal­la­tion by artist John Ger­rard to the Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art, the mu­seum said.

“So­lar Re­serve (Tonopah, Ne­vada)” is a dig­i­tal sim­u­la­tion of a so­lar power tower planned for the desert out­side Las Ve­gas. The art­work was on view out­doors at Lin­coln Cen­ter in New York last year; it is sched­uled to be on view this month at Art Basel in Switzer­land.

LACMA Direc­tor Michael Go­van said DiCaprio’s foun­da­tion is ac­quir­ing the piece through a gallery, and the trans­ac­tion is ex­pected to close within weeks. He of­fered no timetable for the work to be shown at the mu­seum.

DiCaprio “saw the work and thought it was fan­tas­tic and then thought of us,” Go­van said in an in­ter­view. “He has been an in­cred­i­ble friend to the mu­seum.”

The ac­tor said in a state­ment: “Whether it is through art or other venues, we must work to pro­mote a healthy and sus­tain­able fu­ture for our planet and I hope to con­tinue to bring ad­di­tional ex­hibits to Los An­ge­les and be­yond that pro­mote this mes­sage.” Ger­rard’s web­site says that the art piece “sim­u­lates the ac­tual move­ments of the sun, moon, and stars across the sky, as they would ap­pear at the Ne­vada site, with the thou­sands of mir­rors ad­just­ing their po­si­tions in real time ac­cord­ing to the po­si­tion of the sun.”

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