Friday, June 18, 2010

Zadar

Zadar, located in central Dalmatia, is a walled peninsula town with Roman ruins from its days as a Roman colony, and 16th century walls built by the Venetians.  It's a delightful town - easily walked. Our mooring on the Western Quay put us right in the middle of much activity. Dockside was the amazing Greeting to the Sun and the Sea Organ.  School holidays had just started and teenagers were celebrating the beginning of very long summer holidays.
















The Greeting to the Sun consists of three hundred multi-layer glass panels set on the same level as the quay paving, in the form of a circle with a diameter of 22 metres. Beneath the conducting glass panels are photovoltaic solar modules providing symbolic communication with nature.

It was a hot night and the quay was crowded - adults watched, teenagers communed with each other and young children leapt around after the flashing colors - until the wee small hours of the morning.







































The lighting fixtures built into the circle are activated, producing an exceptionally impressive game of light to the rhythm of the waves and the sound of the Sea Organ according to a preprogrammed scenario.
















In daytime, the photovoltaic solar modules absorb solar energy, transform it into electricity and deliver into the voltaic distribution network.

It is claimed the cravat originated in Croatia and there is much evidence of this piece of apparel around  Zadar shops.

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