GRANITE, BRONZE, AND CAST IRON
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
Upwells by Stephen Luecking is a Solar Meridian Calendar. The 40 ft tall spire functions as a sundial which points to marker wells at local Solar Noon on the Winter and Summer Solstices and on the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes. A tube embedded in the back sphere allows visitors to sight on the tip of the spire to locate the Polar Star.
This artwork was commissioned by the John Needles Chester Fund and the Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) Percent for Art Program. Upwells is a location-specific, public, environmental sculpture that won design awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1992 and 1995.