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Chicago's Very Own Night Light

Contemporary artist Spencer Finch continues his exploration of color and light with Lunar, a site-specific installation on the Modern Wing's Bluhm Family Terrace. The "lunar lander module" is a self-powered piece that collects sunlight during the day through solar panels and then emits light at night through the central "buckyball." That the bright white ball closely resembles the moon is testament to Finch's efforts to create a three dimensional "picture or image of moonlight."

Hear more about how Finch precisely determined the color of the moon, how he chose the shape he did for the module, and why the installation doesn't just fly off the roof in the video above.