Sol - Japan
Kiyoshi Takahashi: 1925-1996
The Japanese sculpture is made up of two spheres that have two fourth sections removed. They stand 7 meters tall. Their placement is such that an optical illusion is produced when passing automobiles speed past them: it appears that the two spheres are complete and they are rotating on their axis.
As a child, I found this effect mesmerizing. However, as often was (and is) the case, traffic often slowed the passing cars so that the effect was lost. I also did not like the fact that they were white. The grime from exhaust became very visible on them and they were often vandalized. I am not sure if they are maintained and cleaned regularly now.