With terrain difficult to traverse by either surface-rover or foot, an aerial transport is required to visit this mysterious Land of The Golden Orb. I used Bryce to create this science fiction landscape, as well as Adobe Photoshop for finishing details.
Yesterday was my first visit to the observation deck at the Sunsphere, located at 810 Clinch Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee. Built in 1982 for the World’s Fair, the structure stands 266 feet tall, weighs 600 tons and has windows that are layered in 24-karat gold dust. It’s interior circular viewing platform can accommodate a maximum of 86 visitors, with informational displays providing descriptions of the Sunsphere and surrounding area.
Entry is free and an elevator (no stairs) transports people up to floor “L4”. Full panoramic, expansive views of the city and landscape – Tennessee River, Smoky Mountains, Cumberland Mountains – offer guests a pleasant experience. Plan to spend a minimum of five minutes visiting this landmark, though take as long as you’d like to observe the area and/or read associated historical materials.
Regarding photography, though, one can expect to capture structural supports in most pictures, and, due to the gold-colored glass, interior photographs will likely retain a green hue. Also, based on the spheric design, I suspect that keeping the exterior window surfaces washed is very difficult – some were dirty.
Note: if you or someone in your group is a Senior Citizen or simply may need to rest, please be advised that there are no seats (or restrooms) available. So, remember to bring a walker that has a seat, or, alternatively, a collapsible campsite (tripod) chair.
I parked a few blocks from the Sunsphere at the Locust Street Garage. There’s a convenient ‘skywalk’ near parking, which allows walkers to bypass Henley Street and leads directly to the Convention Center. The cost for parking is $8 for two hours or less. After that, it’s $12.
Fine Art America
One more thing. If you’d be interested in a new print for your home or office, I’ve added the following picture to my gallery at Fine Art America. Stop by to select from a variety of available print types – framed, canvas, art, wood, metal and/or acrylic!
Enjoy this sci fi poster available at Zazzle, featuring a three dimensional fantasy landscape with blue mountains and a mysterious sphere in the water. Various sizes and paper-types to select…
This three dimensional digital artwork features a macro perspective of an extruded fractal design with cast iron texture and an embedded sphere. I used Bryce and Adobe Photoshop to create this image, now available on a variety of cool products in my galleries at Redbubble and Pixels.
Stop by for a visit and check it out!
This morning at 6:20 a.m., I brought my camera along for a ride into the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Stopping at several spots long the way to take photographs – three of which are presented below – the campus at the University of Michigan was quiet.
This interesting gold geometric sphere was constructed within the last few years near the Central Campus Recreation Building (CCRB), located where Washtenaw Avenue turns into Huron Street. I’d estimate it to be approximately 15 feet tall.
Beyond the University of Michigan Dental School, I observed this rustic anchor as I peddled towards South University Avenue. I’m sure that it is quite old, and, at roughly 5 feet long, very heavy – a rather unusual sight, worthy of a picture!
Next, I photographed this scholarly face adorning the gothic architectural buildings comprising the exterior walls of the Law Quad. Located at the intersection of South University Avenue and State Street, the interior area features a peaceful courtyard.
With a fresh outlook, I awoke from a dream and opened the blinds to greet the start of another beautiful day. The sun had risen, casting a light pinkish hue through the morning atmosphere. Yet, something seemed different, out of place. As I pondered, I began to focus upon a gigantic metallic sphere in the distance. Yes, that must be what was bothering me. It wasn’t there, yesterday – but, how could that be? It must be a mirage…time to make some coffee.
Amidst the jagged edges of a roughed landscape terrain, a brilliant reflecting blue sphere sits perched for discovery. These gray peaks were created using a fractal image which I imported into three dimensional space, providing a contrast with the smooth, colorful sphere. You can enjoy this framed print in your home or at the office, by visiting my gallery at Society 6. Several different frames to select. Enjoy!
Available in several styles to fit your device, this iPad case features a surreal, three dimensional and reflecting sphere on an infinite checkerboard surface. Extremely durable (shatterproof). Allows full access to all device ports. Long life, super-bright colors embedded directly into the case. Enjoy this fun design and protect your investment at the same time!
Customize your bathroom decor with this science fiction-themed shower curtain, featuring a mysterious, three dimensional glowing blue orb on the reflective surface of another planet. Made in the USA from 100% polyester with a 12 button-hole top for simple hanging. Dimensions are 71″ by 74″. Machine wash and dry. Curtain rod, shower curtain liner and hooks not included. Enjoy!
Enjoy this iPad case featuring a surreal, reflective three dimensional sphere on a mirrored checkerboard stretching to infinity. Available in several different styles in either Snap or Skin models. Extremely durable, allows full access to all device ports, and is generally quite cool.