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An eclipse sculpture to go

A sculpture at Waterloo Park

The new sculpture at Waterloo Park. Photo courtesy Waterloo Greenway

A new installation in Waterloo Park pays tribute to Indigenous interpretations of eclipses.

What's happening: "Serpent of the Sun and the Moon," by El Salvador-born artist Guadalupe Maravilla, depicts a serpent holding two gongs — a Sun gong coming from a cloud, and Moon gong from the mouth of a serpent.

  • Each gong resonates at the frequency of their corresponding celestial bodies, according to the artist.
  • The artwork is supported by the Simons Foundation, which promotes math and science, and presented through a partnership of Waterloo Greenway, the Fusebox Festival and The Contemporary Austin.

What they're saying: "My art is informed by the ancient cultures from Mexico and Central America," Maravilla told the American-Statesman. "They used advanced mathematics, including the number zero, and knew the solar system well."

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